Seniors and Exercise

Exercise can be extremely beneficial to seniors for a number of reasons; however, this advice can be ignored by seniors, especially those dealing with chronic health issues. We can all find reasons why we can’t exercise. Now it is time to explore the reasons why we can!

It is important to know that most people can participate in a senior fitness program, but your physician should clear you for physical activity before beginning. According to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, older adults both male and female can benefit from regular physical activity, including aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activities Previously sedentary older adults should start with short intervals of moderate physical activity.

Now you may be wondering what are the benefits of senior exercise. There are a number of important facts to consider that will help encouraging you to start an exercise program, such as:

  • Exercise helps increase strength and stamina.
  • Exercise helps increase the ability to live independently.
  • Exercise helps reduce falling and fractures.
  • Exercise helps reduce the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and developing high blood pressure.
  • Exercise can help people with chronic diseases by managing the symptoms and effects of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and cancers.
  • Exercise can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Exercise helps control joint swelling and related pain.

Remember that as you age, an active lifestyle is very important to maintaining an independent life. It is available to everyone and does not require a large time or economic commitment. Think about exercising with a friend, taking advantage of community programs and fitness walking courses in malls and parks. Remember, that it is never too late to start exercising and that everyone can exercise in a way that is best for them.