Older adults can still exercise, minimize injury and rebuild fading muscles with a balanced approach to fitness. You can achieve more than you ever imagined with the proper approach, awareness, goals and commitment.
Set Your Goals to What You Know You can Accomplish
To get in shape at any age, start small with goals you know you can accomplish. A ten minute walk is a good place to start or 15 minutes of gentle stretching. Listen to your body and how it responds to each movement and exercise. Increase the time of your regiment as you become stronger, want a new challenge or you have a new goal.
To decrease bone loss, prevent osteoporosis and improve your mobility, add strength training to your work out. Strength training will improve your coordination, balance and reduce your risk of falling. Rather than barbells, Body weight strength training can be a powerful way to regain lost muscle and strength. If you would rather use weights, start with light kettlebells or hand weights.
Walking Surfaces Matter
Walking on uneven surfaces is very important for older adults. Your ligaments, tendons, and muscles are used differently on uneven surface which will help strengthen your muscles, tissues and improve your mobility. Rather than walking on a treadmill, enjoy the outdoors and hike an easy trail when getting started. Listen to your body and take on a more difficult trail when you are ready.
If you’re concerned about exercising safely, exercise with a friend so you can watch out for one another. Exercising with a friend makes the experience more fun and each of you has an accountability partner.
Enjoy your golden years with a fun exercise routine which will improve your circulation, boost your mood and enhance your mental health. There is no such thing as being too old for exercise; a body in motion, stays in motion, whether you’re 40 or 80.