The majority of people understand that physical exercise is vital for long-term health as well as overall longevity. Unfortunately, many seniors may think that it is too late or that exercise is too strenuous or dangerous for them to take part in. No matter what physical condition you are currently in, a doctor-supervise and, if necessary, a caregiver assisted exercise regimen can always improve your quality of life.

Before You Start Exercising

Always get the OK from your physician before you begin any type of exercise. Also, engaging the help of a professional caregiver or home healthcare expert is a good idea,they can assist with encouragement and maintaining safety.

Tips for Safe and Effective Activity in Old Age

Whether you are guided by a healthcare professional or are exercising on your own, the number one rule is to say safe and not to push yourself too hard and increase the chance of health issues or injury. Also, to something that you find fun because you are more likely to continue the activity than if it is pouring or too difficult. Exercising with friends or family members is a great idea too.

Some great ideas for physical activity in the elderly include:

  1. Take a walk. Any period of walking instead of sitting down in the chair or lying in bed is beneficial to your physical and mental health.
  2. Go dancing. There is no need for tricky steps or fast-paced movements. If you love music, put on your favorite song and get up and dance.
  3. Seated exercises can be beneficial to seniors with mobility problems. You can move your feet, stretch, do arm exercises with or without light weights.
  4. Water aerobics provide a lot of fun and a great workout without putting excess strain on your joints. Many senior centers organize classes and a caregiver can assist.
  5. Wii or other active virtual games can get you up on your feet or even provide exercise for your body and arms as you move the controllers to go bowling, play tennis or golf, go fishing or even play carnival games in front of the TV.

Physical Benefits of Exercise in Old Age

Most people consider active exercise to be primarily about increasing physical strength and ability. The benefits of physical habits for people in their old age are many.

Increased muscle mass and tone can make mobility easier, improve balance, can ward off injuries, improve joint strength and increase independence. Any weight-bearing exercise can give a boost to bone density, reducing fractures. Reducing body fat can help maintain a healthier heart and blood sugar levels. Any exercise that increases the heart rate and makes you breathe heavier improves cardiovascular health as well.

Mental Benefits of Exercise in Old Age

Exercise in the elderly is not all about the physical benefits however. Scientific studies have clearly found a connection between physical activity, which improves blood flow and overall vigor, with greater mental acuity and lower risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s. Physical exercise can also help alleviate depression and anxiety that frequently plagues older people.

Not only does physical activity benefit the mind because of the physical changes that go on in your body, but adopting a new exercise regimen also gives your brain a workout because it engages with a new activity. When you learn a new Wii game or learn a new dance style, your brain needs to process new information. Constantly learning trying new things is great way to stay sharp.