Thanks to Kaki for last week’s guest post and today’s conclusion to what she shared last week.
Kaki is the Vice President and co-owner of Ames Walker. After graduating from Virginia Tech she went on to work for Pepsi for several years before joining the family business. When she is not working she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, Virginia Tech football & spending time with family & friends.
Aging Gracefully: Fitness Tips for Seniors with Limited Mobility
Benefits of Exercise
Exercise has many benefits, both mental and physical, for older adults. Here are just a few of the things that can happen as you start to exercise.
- Exercise reduces the risk of:
- falling and fracturing bones
- dying from coronary heart disease
- developing high blood pressure, colon cancer and diabetes
- Exercise can help improve:
- blood pressure in some people with hypertension
- stamina and muscle strength
- symptoms of anxiety and depression
- physical signs of stress
- joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis
- thinking and memory skills, especially verbal
Tips for Exercising as a Senior
It can be hard to build a fitness habit at any age, but it’s far from impossible. Plus, it’s never too late to start. Follow these three tips to help kickstart your new fitness routine:
- Start slow: If you’ve never exercised before, don’t try to do too much too soon, especially if your mobility is really limited or you’re contending with chronic conditions. Even just five minutes of movement a day can be a good place to start, and then build on that as you are able.
- Do it daily: Trying to be active every day, even if it’s not an official workout, will help you build the habit faster. The sooner you build the routine, the less likely you will be to stop exercising. Many seniors like to exercise in the morning, before the day can get away from them, in order to stay on track with their daily goal.
- Listen to your body: It’s normal to feel a little soreness and discomfort as you begin a new exercise routine. However, stabbing or joint pain isn’t normal, so if you start feeling that, stop exercising immediately to avoid exacerbating it. As always, you should consult your doctor before beginning any fitness routine, and check in with him or her if you feel any pain.
Exercising as a senior comes with certain considerations, but there are a wide range of activities you can try, no matter your level of mobility. Seniors of any age and fitness background can start with as little as five minutes of stretching a day and then build up from there, even if they are currently wheelchair-bound. Follow these tips and exercise ideas to start your fitness journey today.
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