As we age, it’s often common for seniors to exercise less. This is the wrong approach. As you age, physical activity actually becomes more important. With this article we wanted to share with you some reasons why exercise is important for seniors. We will also share some examples of exercise suitable for seniors.
There are a number of options available to seniors in order for them to achieve their physical activity goals. From walking, to lawn bowls to exercise classes. Some like exercise classes because they can be tailored to you and your fitness level and they are also a great way to maintain friends and keep motivated. Another popular option in summer is going for a swim.
Before engaging in any new exercise pursuit though, we do recommend speaking to your doctor or another health professional before engaging in any strenuous physical activity.
Before expanding further on the best exercise options for seniors, we want to talk further about some of the benefits of exercise. There are some exercise benefits that apply to everyone – regardless of age. A major benefit is improved mental health. Exercise also reduces risk of heart disease and obesity. There can also be reduced risk of cancer and potentially strokes.
For seniors, there are other potential benefits.
- Improved muscle strength and fitness means that seniors are less likely to suffer from falls and other risks around the house.
- Improved strength and fitness means that you increase your ability to look after yourself. You will likely be able to live at home longer and go about your daily tasks
- Regular exercise can improve your cognition and memory.
- Regular exercise can also be a great social outlet as it’s a great time to connect with family and friends.
To ensure that seniors get the most benefit from their exercise, they need to make sure that any exercise routine taken contains a mix of resistance and aerobic exercise. As mentioned previously, structured exercise or sport can be a great opportunity to alleviate loneliness and improve your accountability by exercising with others.
You have a number of options. You can start with something as simple as walking all the way through to aerobics, yoga or pilates.
The benefit of attending a gym or doing a class is that you get the social benefits of exercising with others whilst also ensuring that you have someone watching over you to ensure your exercise is completed in a safe way. By taking up a sport like lawn bowls you can improve your overall health and wellbeing whilst also improving your cognition as you think about how you play and how to improve your game.
The benefits of exercise for seniors are well documented. We have shared with you some of the benefits in this article, as well as some of the types of exercise you could consider. If you’d like to discuss an exercise program tailored for you, or someone else in your life, please get in touch today.