Only one in every four Americans over the age of 50 is physically inactive on a regular basis. Sedentary lifestyles are practiced for several reasons, some of which have little or no foundation in truth.
Fitness is a lifelong discipline. It makes a tremendous difference in how you feel and move at any age, assists you in lowering the statistics (such as weight or blood pressure) that your physician often brings up, and even boosts your mood.
Have you succumbed to one of those myths about aging and exercise? Here are three common myths regarding fitness among aging adults.
Too Old to Exercise
In fact, not exercising is considered dangerous and can hasten the aging process.
Inactive people are twice as likely to develop heart disease, and they also visit the doctor more frequently and take more prescriptions. If you haven’t worked out in a while, start cautiously with a low-impact aerobic activity that elevates your pulse rate, such as swimming.
The American Heart Association advises 30 minutes of aerobic activity five days each week and two days each week for strength training for optimal heart health. Exercise does not have to entail learning a new sport. However, if you loved doing something when you were younger, search for an opportunity to get back into it.
Lack of Energy to Exercise
The more active you are, the greater your tolerance for exercise and the more you can accomplish during the day. The lower your activity tolerance, the less active you are. A University of Georgia research revealed that people who exercised for 20 minutes three times a week for six weeks saw a 65 percent reduction in weariness.
According to research, sports and exercise have a favorable influence on general physical activity and energy levels. Staying active can help you reduce your resting heart rate, regulate your blood pressure, and even boost your metabolic rate. Exercise boosts blood flow in the body, allowing more nutrients and oxygen to reach the muscles and boosting energy production.
Easily Injured from Exercising
Physical activity has a decreased risk of injury for people of all ages if it is done and progressed appropriately. When engaging in vigorous activities, regardless of one’s age, everyone is at risk of injuring themselves. We must dispel the stereotype that as individuals age, they get weaker and frailer.
Many exercise-related injuries may be avoided. Muscle strains and tendonitis are two examples of such injuries. Such risks of injury can be avoided by doing a good warm-up, stretching, and gradually increasing the intensity and frequency of training sessions.
Enjoy an Exciting Retirement Life at Conservatory At Plano
To keep residents active and healthy, Conservatory At Plano has planned many fun activities like themed dances and festivities. Our schedule is routinely updated to keep our residents actively participating. As a result, our residents will always have something new to do! Contact us now to learn more about living at Conservatory At Plano and everything we have to offer!