Exercise for your loved ones is an essential part of maintaining the everyday health and this holds even more true for older adults. According to experts, older adults should keep as active as possible as it helps one live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
For most adults older than 65 years of age, it is possible to exercise safely, though you may not think so. Even people who suffer from chronic illnesses are able to exercise safely. Some chronic illnesses include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis. Actually, most of these conditions are improved with exercise. If you are not sure if exercise is safe for you or if you have been inactive for an extremely long time, ask your doctor.
How Often Should I Exercise?
People aged 65 and over should aim for a minimum of 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise like brisk walking every week. This means that on average, 30 minutes of brisk walking for most days of the week. Alternatively, you could engage in 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. Strength training (if you can handle it) should be done at least 2 days a week. You can work on balance and flexibility every day.
Should I Warm Up or Cool Down Before or After Exercise?
Warm up for at least 5 minutes before the exercise and also cool down for at least 5 minutes after the exercise. Walking slowly and stretching are good to do.
If your loved one is over 50 and they are not used to exercising, check with your doctor before starting an exercise routine. Your attire should be loose and comfortable clothing and well-fitted, sports shoes. Good arch support is important, and an elevated and cushioned heel should be included to absorb shock. Make sure to match the shoes made for the type of physical activity to the activity you’ll be using them for. Shoes are typically designed for walking or running, for example.
If you have not been active for a long time, start small. Start with exercises that you have no trouble doing. Starting slowly helps to prevent injury and soreness.
Exercise is only good for you if you are feeling well. If you are not, do wait to exercise, especially if you have a cold, the flu, or another illness. If you stopped exercising for longer than two weeks, when you start, start slowly again.
Things to Consider
Sore muscles and joints are an indicator of having done too much, too quickly. Be sure to exercise at a lower intensity the next time. If the pain or discomfort continues, remember to talk to your doctor.
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