When you are young, exercise is easy and enjoyable as your body can handle varying intensities of exercise. However, as you grow older, your body may not handle exercise with the same vigour. In fact, some exercises may be dangerous for you. Nevertheless, this should not stop you from exercising as your body still needs it.
Here are some exercises that are friendly for people at an advanced age.
Running or jogging may not be as easy as it was in your younger days. Walking, however, is one of the easiest exercises and can be performed by almost everyone. The good thing about walking is that you can choose the speed that matches your level of fitness and still enjoy the benefits.
For example, brisk walks could lower the chances of getting cardiovascular diseases all while strengthening muscles. They also help in improving body posture and gait.
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Cycling is a great exercise for seniors as they get to be active without using a lot of energy and stressing the body. One way to add fun to cycling is to do it with friends. This way, you stay fit, socialize and overcome boredom.
You can also opt for stationary bicycles which are available in most gyms. Stationary bikes could be more desirable as they do not exert a lot of impact on the joints.
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Stretching and yoga
Stretching is also another easy exercise that helps older adults with flexibility by working the joints and keeping them from being stiff. The good thing about stretching is that it includes exercising muscles which makes it wholesome.
You could also try Yoga as it assists in muscle building. For older people that experience joint and muscle pain, chair yoga could be a great alternative as the joints, muscles and bones experience less pressure. Chair yoga has many advantages such as improving mental health, quality of sleep and balance.
Remember, if you choose to have Yoga, get instruction from a qualified professional.
Water aerobics are popular among older adults. These exercises include water push-ups, flutter kicks, leg lifts and aqua jogging. These are good for older persons as they put less stress on your joints due to the buoyancy of the water.
Apart from eliminating the need and use of weights during strength training, they also bring natural resistance which improves balance and flexibility with less stress on your body.
In a nutshell…
Exercising has a lot of benefits, especially for seniors and should be a part of their lives. The trick is to pick manageable workouts and to take breaks during workouts to avoid stressing your body. Remember to always seek guidance from your doctor in case you have any existing health conditions.
In case you experience any pain during any workouts, take a break. Working out does not have to feel like a chore. Instead, enjoy the exercise and the benefits too!