The Importance of Exercising for Seniors

By Patricia ZelmEmmart CHHC, AADP

As you begin to age, the risk for diseases and health issues increase. It would be great to have energy and feel good as a twenty year old and as a sixty year old. But that is not possible. To keep a high level of energy and feel young, take part in a regular exercise regiment to give your body energy and vitality.

Benefits of Exercising:

  • Flexibility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Weight Loss and maintaining of healthy weight
  • Increase mental clarity
  • Increase social network
  • More restful sleep
  • Increase sex drive
  • Seniors, like anyone else, need to work out with different types of exercises. However, it is more important as a senior to do so to prevent injury and stiffness of the body.

    These exercises are:

    • Endurance:
      Activities that strengthen the heart.
    • Strengthening:
      Exercises that build muscles.
    • Stretching:
      Exercises for flexibility, to reduce injuries.
    • Balance:
      Reduce falls.

    There are simple ways to increase your exercise time and cover the four types of exercises without changing your whole life. Plus, there is no reason to engage in activities that will over strain you or cause injury.

    Here are some fun ways:

    • Park the car out farther in the parking lot.
    • Take the stairs rather than the elevator.
    • Take a short walk in the park.
    • Start ballroom dance lessons.
    • Join a fitness group at your local YMCA or Senior Center.
    • Take Tai Chi classes.
    • Take gentle or chair yoga classes.
    • Take Qi Gong classes.

    Getting old doesn’t mean you have to sit in a rocking chair and knit or do crossword puzzles the rest of your life. Through leading an active lifestyle you will gain longevity, more energized and greater independent, and your enjoyment for life.

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