Getting older doesn’t mean you have to become inactive. Whatever your current age, you need to focus on staying as active any physically fit as possible. This is critical to your long term health and well-being. Even seniors who have physical impairments can find exercises that allow them to remain active.
Strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance are key areas of health that seniors should focus on. And if you aren’t currently exercising than you’re losing ground. This can cost you your health and independence if ignored for too long. Below I will discuss different exercises that seniors can participate in to restore functionality in the above four areas.
Cardiovascular is of course exercises that are good for your heart health. Exercises that focus on this area include walking, swimming, water aerobics, bike riding, hiking, golf and more. Besides heart health, these exercises increase your endurance and allow you to keep up with younger family members when doing activities.
Strength training helps to keep you mobile longer by improving the conditions of your muscles and bones. Examples of exercise that help this area include: lifting weights, yoga, tai chi, stretching exercises, and pilates.
Balance training helps to prevent falls in seniors and improve muscle strength. This is crucial to long term health and independence. The less active you are the more dangerous a potential fall is to your health and mobility so be sure to focus on this area as much as possible. Examples of balance training include exercising with light weights, resistance band stretches, and mobility exercises.
Of course, all exercise must be done on a regular basis. So, if you need support, than join a local class or schedule time with friends to help keep yourself consistent. And also be sure to consult your doctor before starting any new fitness routine – they will be able to evaluate your health and recommend the best fitness activities for your situation.
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