Many studies have been carried out over the years surrounding the topic of exercise for adults, including the elderly, and they all show that everyone can benefit from at least some type of activity each day. So let’s take a quick look at what some of the main advantages to exercise are and how fitness for seniors can be a great thing that they can implement into their lives.
How Often Should Seniors Exercise?
The Benefits of Exercise
Of course there are a whole host of fantastic benefits that can come from exercising, especially baby boomers, as it can help to prevent serious health issues from arising as well as adding some variety to the daily activities that senior people would usually find themselves doing. Some of the main health implication that exercise can help to prevent include the following:
- Heart Disease
- Colon Cancer
- Breast Cancer
That’s not to mention the fact that senior people have the ability to regulate their weight at an improved rate, their mood can be hugely uplifted so there are some mental benefits to exercising too. There have even been some studies in recent years that show the disease known as dementia can be delayed for some time, despite the fact that exercise can’t stop it altogether, surely knowing that you could be postponing it for some time is a huge advantage for senior people.
Types of Exercise for the Elderly
When it comes to senior citizen exercise, you may be thinking that there isn’t actually a lot that you would be able to do, whereas in reality, there is quite a variety of activities to choose from. They are not going to be anything too drastic but more than enough to get an elderly person feeling active and youthful again, it’s going to be more of some of the simple things that they can choose that will end up making quite a big impact on their lives.
A number of suitable exercises include the following:
- Riding a Bike
All of the examples of fitness for seniors were largely based around the cardiac aspect to exercising, however, a good fitness routine would include a mix of different types of exercise. For an elderly person, exercising at least once or twice a week may be suitable for them, for others they may want to go for more days of the week. Whatever the case may be, there should be a balance of resistance and cardiac training so that you are able to get the best out of both worlds.
The resistance training part doesn’t necessarily mean that a senior person would have to try and lift like a bodybuilder does, it could simply include some simple band resistance exercises with the Gwee Gym, along with some yoga poses and a number of other body weight movements once or twice a week. There are also a vast array of stretching exercises that can be incorporated into these resistance training sessions to improve mobility and flexibility, which is something that I think we should all be paying more attention to, regardless of our age.
Workout Specifics for Elderly People
As we mentioned before, the amount of times that you workout during the week highly depends on your age and how capable you feel you are, for the majority of people who are in their fifties for example, they could probably handle going to the gym around four times a week. A senior fitness workout should be no longer than an hour, in fact, we recommend training for between 30 and 45 minutes for maximum intensity. Another thing that can be done to increase the intensity is to keep the rest times between sets fairly short, we would advise no longer than a minute otherwise you risk losing the feeling of that burst of energy and your workouts may start to drag a little.