August 23, 2021 2 min read
Although physical fitness is important at every age, the health perks for seniors with a healthy body are more notable. Exercise is the key to living a healthier, longer and happier life. More exercise means more independence and energy and a lower risk of diseases and falls.
Here are 4 easy ways for seniors to keep fit!
As we age, we are more likely to have tighter muscles that can pull on our bones to make us feel stiff. Stretching can help to increase your flexibility and build lean muscle. At the same time, it can also burn body fat, which is a major contributing factor to heart disease.
Furthermore, daily stretching can help us to increase our range of motion, allowing us to move our joints fluidly and preventing injuries and pain. If your mobility is a little more limited, this is a simple physical activity that can get your heart pumping.
Stretching exercises can also be combined with resistance training. Resistance training helps to build and maintain muscle, slowing down muscle wastage which occurs when we get older. They also strengthen bones and improve balance and coordination.
Resistance bands come in a range of different resistance levels suited to different individuals' needs. They are perfect for seniors as they are affordable, lightweight, easy to store and can be used for full-body workouts. It is definitely an exercise that will get your heart pumping.
The most straightforward way of building a healthy heart is walking! We walk everyday, however we never really give much notice to the health benefits that all these walking are bringing us.
Walking is one of the best types of exercises for seniors. Not only does it improve their health and fitness levels, this type of exercise also has little to no strain on their bodies.
Walking is something that you can easily add to your daily routine. If you have not gone out for a walk recently, start off with a shorter distance and slowly ease into it. You can even make it a group activity with your family and friends! Not only does it help to maintain muscle strength, it builds heart health and helps to instil a sense of independence in older adults.
If walking assistance is required, there are several walking aids in the market that can help the elderly walk by themselves. This will not restrict their walking time to only when someone is there to support them. It will also give them the confidence to go on walks independently and more frequently.
Yoga is a great way to keep your mind and body strong. It tones our bodies while at the same time targets our emotional, spiritual and mental wellbeing. Its poses can be easily modified to suit each individual, making it a safe exercise for seniors.
Follow along to this senior-friendly yoga session by Mr Bronson Chan as part of our Virtual Talk Series on Ageing Well.
We hope this article has been helpful in motivating you to care for your body by maintaining your fitness and staying healthy.
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