Participating in a balanced fitness program contributes to your well-being at every age – and regular exercise is important for adults.
What is Exercise?
Exercise is also known as physical activity. In simple terms exercise is any movement that works your body at a greater intensity than your usual level of daily activity. Exercise raises your heart rate and works your muscles and is most commonly undertaken to achieve the aim of physical fitness.
Why Seniors Should Exercise
- Exercise keeps Seniors happy. Exercise gives Seniors endorphines which stimulate positive moods and thinking. Participating in exercise like jogging, biking, or group classes also leads to social relationships which are key to overall fulfillment.
- Give Seniors heart health a boost. Exercise improves blood pressure in some Senior with hypertension.
- Hold on to muscle mass. Many symptoms associated with getting older (such as weakness and loss of balance) are actually symptoms of inactivity, not age.
- Relieve Depression. Exercise can have a beneficial effect on personal mood. Studies suggest that group exercise classes among older adults can help reduce symptoms of depression by 30 percent or more in exercising older adults.
- Keep your independence. Improving your physical health can help you stay strong and agile as you age, allowing you to keep doing the things you enjoy with less help.
- Quality of life. Maintaining functional independence is something many older adults want. A regular exercise inclusive of strength and balance training can help accomplish this. Aim to be physically active for 30 minutes every day and to strength train at least two non-consecutive days per week.
- Abolish Insomnia. Certain medications and life events can prevent the body from proper sleep. Higher levels of physical activity can help exhaust the body enough to place it in a position for restful and lasting sleep. Avoid strenuous exercise two hours before bed to obtain these benefits, and aim to meet the daily activity recommendations.
Exercise Plan for Seniors:
- Endurance activities increase the heart rate and breathing. Including walking, jogging or dancing, they help improve the cardiovascular system.
- Strength exercise such as weight training can help build up muscles and reduce age-related muscle loss.
- Stretching exercises help keep the body flexible and able to move easily.
- Balance exercises help improve balance, reducing the risk of falls.
How To Motivate Seniors To Have Exercise
- Join a Social Group. An elderly person needs to have the right mindset to be open to exercise. One way to achieve this is to encourage an elderly person to join some sort of group for socialization purposes.
- Explain The Benefits of Exercise. Which include increased bone density, prevention and regulation of disease, improved mood and a greater sense of self-efficacy and they will say YES.
- Walking. This motivates an elderly person to exercise by simply asking her to take a walk with you or by suggesting she join a walking group.
- Invite Them To Participate In Health-promoting Activities. participation in physical activity was significantly increased when participants were invited. Take the initiative to seek out activities and invite them to attend.
It Is Recommend that Older Adults Engage In:
- Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week.
- Muscle-strengthening activities for two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups.
There is no greater freedom than do move as you’d like, to go where you please, and to partake in the daily chores and activities that make you feel alive. Exercise makes it possible for you to live an independent life without having to feel limited due to physical capabilities.