Senior Health and Fitness Day is a nationwide health and fitness event for older adults. Across the country, fitness professionals will be promoting the importance of regular physical activity, and providing education on senior-related exercises that improve health and well-being.
For many older adults, knowing where to start or how to
incorporate exercise into a daily routine can be challenging. A few questions
you might ask yourself include: Are my bones strong enough for high-impact
activities? Is my balance where it needs to be to safely ride a bike? Can my
body withstand movements that include running or jumping? How much time per
week do I have to spend at the gym? By answering these questions, you can
better understand your body and make decisions about what type of exercise you
are able to participate in safely.
Before engaging in a new physical activity, it’s important
to check in with your doctor. If you are permitted to explore a new fitness
routine, here are a few ways to get active.
Getting in the pool is a great way to improve your
cardiovascular endurance. Swimming strengthens your muscles without putting
strain on your bones or joints. This makes it a great form of exercise for
older adults who may live with arthritis or related joint pain. Whether you
decide to join a group water aerobics class or plan on swimming solo, you will
soon reap the health benefits that swimming provides.
Working out in a gym doesn’t mean you have to load up on
weights. Simple exercises like chair squats, leg lifts and crunches are
exercises you can do every day to keep your body strong. For older adults,
bodyweight strength training is a great way to burn abdominal fat and tone up
Yoga helps improve total mobility, while also building
muscle strength and core stability. This low-impact workout is safe for your
joints and can counteract daily stress. While it might seem that yoga is mostly
focused on stretching and flexibility, you have to support your body’s weight
through every posture and pose. Joining a yoga studio is a great way to engage
in a social activity and work not only on strengthening your muscles, but your
bones as well.
Maintaining your physical fitness as an older adult is important to your overall health and happiness – and not just on Senior Health and Fitness Day. Making time for exercise that works with your lifestyle can improve your mood and give you the endurance to get through each day with plenty of energy.
have questions about what level of exercise is appropriate for your age, schedule an appointment with a physician at
Campbell Clinic today.