Getting any type of exercise as a senior is beneficial for your health. If you are healthy in this older age this will help your muscles stay strong and flexible. It will also help your body recover if you do get sick.
Ronan Factora, MD explains exercise will not only benefit your body, but your brain as well. Exercise will help relieve depression, anxiety, and improve cognitive function.
“There is not a single pill that is going to provide this many benefits.”
Do’s and don’ts for exercise
Do start walking
Try walking four days a week, about thirty minutes per day. Help strengthen your bones and muscles by wearing weight-resistance bands while going for your walks.
Do take precautions
If you have not exercised in a while, make sure to take precaution. It is important to start being active slowly and build yourself up to the point where you’re comfortable.
If you experience a lot of pain when exercising, take your pain medicine prior to starting your routine. In older age, pain tends to be present much more than a younger age.
Always remember to stretch before your exercise. Flexibility will help improve balance and reduce joint injuries.
Don’t fear physical activity
Many seniors are afraid to get started exercising for fear of major injury. If you feel this way visit your doctor before you begin an exercise routine to assess your fitness level.
Don’t limit yourself
Do not limit yourself to strictly senior activities. Go to Juniper Swim & Fitness Center and find a new class to take. Find something you enjoy and continue to do it. Remember to listen to your body for pain, fatigue, and weakness. If you experience any of these slow down and rest.