Exercise For Seniors Will Change Your Life 

Exercise for seniors, outside of eating the right kind of diet as we age, is the most important thing we can do for ourselves.

At our age we have the “power of wisdom and experience”, but it shocking the number of people that do not do any kind of workout or activity.

Walking to the mailbox, around your house, from the couch to the fridge, or around the yard, is not the type of exercise for seniors that we all need.

The AARP has estimated that at least 40% of us between the ages of 40 and 60 are considered sedentary, and once we pass the age of 60, that number jumps to a whopping 60%

Exercise For Seniors

One of the major signs that are associated with this aging process is our body slowing down.

One of the major reasons for this is that 60% of us have simply quit trying.

Here are some of the benefits of exercise for seniors:

  • It helps with increasing our mental health
  • It helps to prevent disease
  • It can help improve the healing process
  • It will improve our balance
  • It will help to increase how long we live
  • It is never too late to start—just do not overdo it.

Wow!  If none of things potential benefits is of interest to us as we get older, then we get what we deserve.

The Center for Disease Control also states that activity is even more important as we age, simply because of the overall health benefits.

My wife and I took Karate as well as taught it for a couple of years, but that was 35 plus years ago.

We cannot do things like that anymore as parts of it are “too demanding” as well as to hard on our joints and muscles.

We get that. But we also do not want to be part of the 60% that become sedentary and do nothing.

By doing some type of non-strenuous exercise daily we are increasing the flow of blood to several parts of our body, including our brain.

Without a constant and strong the flow of blood, our cells in our brain will slow down, and as a result, so will our mind.

This same strong blood flow can help prevent several potential diseases, as well as keeping our immune system strong and improve healing.

We all know that as we are getting older, any type of wound we suffer, does not heal like it used to.

They Do Not Have To Be Hard

Exercise for seniors does not have to be strenuous.

In fact, they should be low impact exercises centered on four key objectives according to the National Institute of Health.

  • Strength Building
  • Improving Our Balance
  • Stretching
  • Endurance

Like most people in our age group, we own several different pieces of workout equipment and have a room devoted for nothing but them.

They include a trend mill, a “Chuck Norris Total Gym”, an exercise bike, and a Nordictrack Elliptical.

Strength building helps to tone our muscles and keep them sharp, but it also helps with our metabolism.

Increasing your metabolism to full operating strength is the best defense as we age for putting on weight.

Weight gain is never good, but as we age, it can have tremendous negative health impacts.

Exercise Tips for Seniors:
Low Resistance Strength Tips

Here is some basic strength building low resistance tips.

  • Chuck Norris Total Gym
  • Dumbbells
  • Push Ups

Exercise for seniors using any of these three ideas, helps build and maintain our bones, muscles, and joints.

Machines like the Chuck Norris total Workout can be set to 5 different resistance levels and you can do any type of basic exercise you want for your arms, chest, legs, stomach, and thighs.

I do mine 5 days a week for about 20 minutes.

Pushups have always been good for us and I do 225 “low resistance “pushups every day.

Instead of the regular pushups, this form is done using, for example, the counter area in your bathroom or kitchen.  

Put your hands on the counter, spread out your legs, and do a pushup using the counter. Set a daily goal you want to hit, and then do 2 to 3 reps of this number.

Light dumb bells are also an option for our age group.

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Balance and Stretching

Balance exercise for seniors is also extremely important to help prevent falls, especially in our 70’s and 80’s.

Here are some tips for balance;

  • Stand on one leg only for 30 seconds
  • Shift and do the other leg for 30 seconds

If you need hold onto a chair or other object, to help your balance, use it. However, they are a lot more effective if you can do it without holding onto something, even for just a few seconds.

You will be amazed how this helps our balance.

Stretching is the next of the exercises for seniors, and here are tips to help with stretching.

  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Just stretch on your own.

Yoga can be intense, but there are also classes for people our age that are a lot less intense. These classes can combine not only stretching; they also help with strength and balance.

However, Tai Chi, which has been used for centuries, is by far and away my favorite. It is slow movements that can improve you balance and endurance with just a couple of classes.  

As far as stretching on your own, here is what my doctor of several years told me to prevent muscle pulls and other like damage.

He asked me if I had a dog. I said yes, and then he said watch your dog every time he gets up.

If you own a pet, watch them.

The first thing they do before they walk is stretch their front legs, and then they stretch their back legs.

Then they walk.

All of us played some type of sport when we were younger and before we started to work out-we stretched.

Endurance exercises for seniors include walking, jogging slowly, as well as swimming. If you do not have a pool, go to your local YMCA and join.

It is very reasonable and you will meet some new friends along the way.

It is never too late to start.

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