Exercise has many advantages for people of all ages, including physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. There are various factors that go into making a routine effective. But for seniors, there is a special need to thoroughly consider safety issues as well. If you are ready to increase your level of physical activity, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Safety begins with speaking to your primary care physician's office before you get started. They can let you know if you need an exam, consultation, or even if you need to speak to your specialists as well.
- Having clear goals in mind will keep you motivated in sticking to your regimen. Many seniors use exercise to improve their cardiovascular health, lose weight, have better moods, and much more. So decide what you personally want to achieve and go for it!
- If you have been relatively inactive, start off very slowly. Overexertion and injuries are largely avoidable if you work within your limits. If you are patient, you will make progress.
- Just a few minutes each week of a low-impact cardio exercise, like leisurely walking, will help you get into the swing of things without being overwhelmed.
- Increase the length of your workouts by a small increment each week, in accordance with how you feel. After a few weeks, you might be ready to add some variety to your activity.
- If you can, it is wise to eventually include strength training. Improving your muscle tone can assist with balance and mobility issues and more.
There is such a wide variety of exercises to try like swimming, cycling, pilates, and other suggestions found on the Silver Sneakers website and through other organizations that cater to seniors. Eventually, you will find a few favorites and your exercise will seem more like fun than work. You can get even more enjoyment out of it by inviting a loved one to join you.
At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!