Exercise is crucial to maintaining your health and wellbeing, but it may be even more important in aging and senior adults. While there are concerns surrounding seniors exercising, the health benefits of an active lifestyle far outweigh the risks. It’s true that seniors may take longer to heal and recover from injuries, but moderate exercise levels are good for people of all ages.
Regular exercise and an active lifestyle for seniors provides a variety of health benefits that extend beyond the obvious, including improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, lipid profile, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and neuro cognitive function.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean abandoning an active lifestyle, but it does mean adjusting your workout routine to your body. We recommend talking with a physical therapist to help you find a fitness plan that suits your body to prevent injuries. The ideal senior fitness and activity plan includes three areas in emphasis:
- aerobic/endurance components
- strength and resistance training
- and stretching and flexibility exercises