A healthy lifestyle is a valuable resource for reducing the incidence and impact of health problem, for recovering, for coping with life challenges, and for promoting the quality of life. No matter young or old, keeping yourself fit is the essential toward a healthy lifestyle.
Some thought that the elderly should not practice fitness; in fact, consistent exercise is beneficial for them. Many older adults don’t want to be a waste of space. In such case, regular exercise can keep and improve their strength and enable them to stay independent. Furthermore, these activities help to improve their body’s balance and provide more energy to enjoy whatever activities they want to carry out. With a strong body, now they can travel anywhere as long as it is affordable even for those past seventy or eighty.
Human’s antibody start to weaken when turn into the stage of elderly. In this stage, health is getting fragile and easy to get infected with contagious diseases. Keeping their body fit to fight against these diseases and prevent or delay cardio related diseases, diabetes, stroke, arthritis, urinary incontinence, and more.
Keeping yourself fit doesn’t mean to practice gym or weightlifting. Simple physical activities are good enough, as long as it keeps you moving and extra point for activities that make you sweat and involve cardiovascular activities. Dance, jogging, swim, or riding bicycle is some of the great exercises for the elderly. If these are too extreme, try to take a walk every morning at the park, gardening or involve in community activities. Remember, the key is to keep moving.
The right amount of physical activities is helpful for the elderly, but it is not always the best idea. In some cases, they are not allowed to carry out the exercise. For those suffering from breathing problem, chest pain blood clot foot or ankle sores that won’t heal, joint swelling, or anyone that in a recovering period after a surgery should not carry out extreme activities. Refer to the doctor or physician for more advice and guidance. Once you have the permission to carry out physical activities from the professional, you can now feel free to enjoy the exercise.
Moreover, safety always comes first for the seniors who practice exercise. As mentioned above, their body are fragile especially the frame itself. A tiny crack or simple facture will take a long period to complete recover. So, keep the words “Safety First” in their mind while doing physical training. Start the exercise slowly is strongly recommended, especially for those who have on the stage of inactive for some time. Proper warm up should be carried out before every exercise to decrease the chance of injury. Besides that, control the breathing well and never hold the breath during the physical activities as it cause changes in the blood pressure, which may lead to the blood pressure problem or feel dizzy. Breathe out when the muscle contract (lift up the weight object) and breathe in when relax.
Finally, using safety equipment is even fitting. Use the suitable or proper running shoes for jogging, which able to reduce the shock of the impact from the ground to the leg. Running shoes have built-in features that enable you to run day after day more comfortably and with less chance of over-use injury. The elderly have a very sensitive knee, which required extra care.