Physical fitness for senior citizens is critical in staying healthy. As senior caregivers of our ageing parents, we need to do this for them and ourselves. Getting physically active and following an exercise routine can help you in many ways, such as:
Developing and maintaining strength so that you can gain independence, become more energetic, boost your balance, prevent or delay the onset of diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease, improves your mood and wards off depression.
Enrolling in a gym is one of your options, but you can always consider exercise and physical activity as your lifestyle. You can stay active through your daily routine and on-goings. Some activities you can do to boost your health are dancing, riding a bike or taking brisk walks. Climbing and down the stairs can be good exercise. So is doing the household chores or gardening. Swimming is an active physical activity. Don’t neglect little tasks as raking the leaves as well. The key to exercise and physical activity is to keep moving, and you can always find new ways of doing it.
Ways To Exercise And Get Active:
Endurance activity – these are activities that develop your energy and staying power. Build this routine for 30 minutes a day. Your exercise should enable you to breathe hard on most or all seven days of the week. You don’t have to do this activity for 30 minutes straight, but you can finish your routine at three 10-minute periods.
Strength exercises – these exercises aim to build your muscles. Building your muscles gives you more freedom to control your movements. You’ll be able to carry your grandchildren or get up from a chair on your own. Walking through the park won’t be such a strenuous activity at all.
Activities that help your balance – you can do this exercise first by standing on one foot, and then your other foot. Try doing this without holding on to anything for support. As much as you can, try walking heel to toe. When you walk, move the heel of one of your foot just above the toes of your other foot. The heel of your first foot and the toe of your other foot should touch or almost touch each other.
Flexibility stretching – if you can move freely, it’ll be easier to bend down to tie your shoes or look back over your shoulder when backing your car out of the driveway. Do any stretching when you’ve warmed up your tissues. But be careful not to over-stretch to the point that it hurts.
Take note of some safety tips when exercising. If you haven’t been physically active for a long time, remember to start slowly. Exercise moderately at first and build your activity little by little. Work hard at your practice through a slow progression.