Benefits of Being an Active Senior Citizen
Why Is It Important for Seniors to Work Out?
There is a general image of seniors being frail or sickly which backs the stereotype that senior citizens are not as active as they used to be in their young years. Those who were not physically active in their youth are often worried to start exercising incase they may hurt themselves. We regularly hear from older people who are afraid that exercise will cause too much strain and cause more harm than good.
Avoiding Activity: Key to Longevity?
As much as many would love this to be true – there’s nothing more misinformed! Physical activity is an absolute must for all of us – young or old! Senior citizens are often advised to ‘take it easy’, rest a lot and avoid straining themselves. But is that really beneficial to your health?
Is Lack of Exercise Killing You?
Scientists found that staying physically active and engaging in regular exercise can help prevent or slow many diseases and disabilities, including those associated with aging. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Physical activity is also beneficial to those with high blood pressure, balance problems and walking issues.
Keep The Body and Mind Sharp by Working Out
The emotional and intellectual benefits of exercise are also extremely important for senior citizens. Physical activity (leisurely movement such as gardening or walking the dog) and exercise (more structured activities such as yoga or aerobics) improve certain aspects of cognitive function, such as the ability to multitask, plan and ignore irrelevant information/stimuli.
Having reviewed 40 studies from the 2000s, researchers found that senior citizens who exercise significantly reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, dementia and depression. Working out regularly slows down the rate of aging and guarantees vitality, energy and longevity.
No Better Time to Start than NOW!
As a senior citizen you may think it’s too late to start working out now. But what if we told you this is the perfect time to take control of your health? According to research, women between the ages of 75 and 85, all of whom had reduced bone mass or advanced osteoporosis, were able to lower their risk of falling with strength training and resistance workouts. They will also help you avoid age- related muscle loss that affects 1 in 10 senior citizens. Improving mental and physical health will help you remain independent and happy.
Variety is Good
Don’t just stick to walking or cycling. Resistance training is actually a great way to strengthen your muscles and bones while improving your balance. You can train at home with a Gwee Gym or join a senior yoga, Pilates or aerobics class. Don’t be afraid! As a senior citizen you can work out safely and effectively. Train carefully and diligently to reap the full benefit of exercise in your golden years.