The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all people remain physically active for as long as possible. According to CDC guidelines, adults of all ages should aim for 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise each week. Walking at a brisk pace is a common example of moderate-intensity exercise. Your exercise routine should also include at least two days per week engaged in activities that strengthen muscles.
For adults over 65, the CDC includes recommendations to include exercises that improve balance and promote optimal senior health. Don’t worry if you have physical challenges or chronic health conditions that prevent you from reaching the above goals. Any amount of activity is better than none and offers a significant benefit.
Check with Your Doctor if You Have Been Inactive for a While
Going from a mostly sedentary lifestyle to a physically active one can challenge your body in unexpected ways. Be sure to discuss your plan to start exercising with your doctor if you have been mostly inactive and follow his or her advice on building up a tolerance to exercise.
Checking with your doctor is also important if you have an injury or illness that has kept you housebound for a period. You don’t want to aggravate the condition by overdoing it with exercise. Lastly, don’t forget to warm up before starting any exercise by stretching your body.
Exercise Ideas for Senior Health
Walking is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to move your body. All it should cost you is the price of a pair of comfortable and supportive tennis shoes. You can choose to walk indoors on a treadmill at the gym or outdoors for the opportunity to enjoy nature. When weather conditions aren’t right for outdoor walking, check with a local mall to see if they offer indoor walking before the mall opens to the public.
Swimming is a safe senior health activity because it gives you the chance to complete low-impact aerobic exercises. If group classes aren’t your thing, consider lap swimming on your own or with a friend.
Elliptical machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes are three examples of machines you can find in the typical gym that can help you start slowly and gradually build up your endurance. You can set the speed and intensity at whatever levels feel comfortable for you. To keep up your physical strength as you age, try to lift hand weights, use resistance bands, or complete push-ups or sit-ups.
Why Exercise is So Important as You Age
Everyone can benefit from exercise, but seniors may receive the greatest benefit of all. According to a May 2020 University of Cambridge study, older adults who engaged in regular exercise required hospitalization approximately 25 percent less often than their inactive peers. Regular movement helps boost mood and prevent or delay chronic disease as well. Even if you have never been active, remember that no one is too old to start now.
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