We hear in all the media, that exercise is essential to have a heathy body now and in the future. Even small amounts of exercise is beneficial and needed for our health.
Regular exercises for seniors can help with maintaining ones weight, toning muscles, lowering risk of bone fractures, stabilizing blood sugar and getting a better outlook in life.
As we age, we may find our lives become more sedentary. We tend to sit and watch television and not get up and move enough. This decreases our metabolism and our whole body can feel the effects of this. We need to get as many steps as we can in a day to keep our body functioning well. Being sedentary increases the risk of our balance failing us and we are more prone to falls and bone fractures.
Then there are those people who live a more active life and get in moderate activity. The activities one may do daily are brisk walking, dancing, swimming and even exercise following a DVD or exercise class on the computer. While doing these moderate exercises, one can still talk normally without getting out of breath.
Engaging in vigorous activities are for the more active seniors. These activities will increase ones heart beat and make it difficult to talk while doing them. Some activities that can get the heart pumping are swimming, tennis, racquetball or other intensive activity. Supplement your Medicare Part A and B by enrolling in a Mutual of Omaha Medicare supplement plan.
As we get older our body’s functions slow down and with the lack of physical activities we can have health issues with our balance, heart, sleep problems, pain and stiffness in our joints and even some diseases. We need to strengthen our muscles to help hold up our bodies and support our organs. Too many health issues are caused by lack of activity and weight gain. It is so important to move every half hour to keep the body healthy and limber.
Starting an exercise regime is really not difficult. A brisk walk around your neighborhood every morning and evening for 20 minutes would be doable and beneficial. There are many programs or all sorts of exercise from aerobics, tai chi, weight training, walking and yoga on DVDs so you can do these at home. Another thought would be to go to your local senior center. They will have exercise classes geared to seniors and even some done sitting in a chair. The benefits of doing these exercises are getting you out of your house a couple of times a week, meeting with people your own age and moving your body. They are all there for the same reason as you, to get moving daily.