Seniors and Exercise Do Mix!

As we age, we need to consider the many factors that relate to better health and consider taking the time we need to take care of ourselves as best we can. We want to make sure that we enjoy life and are able to be as independent as possible for as long as possible. Just know that exercising is important to everyone…Seniors included !

Exercise increases your blood circulation and causes endorphins (feel-good chemicals) to release in your body. PLUS weight-bearing exercises increase bone density! One of the easiest and most inexpensive weight-bearing exercises is simply walking. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes. Resistance exercises will improve muscle mass and stretching exercises will increase muscle flexibility. Swimming and bike riding are great aerobic exercises that can help increase your endurance. In fact, exercising is often a preventative measure for many ailments or diseases. Exercise is one of the very best ways to prevent osteoporosis, which can be a debilitating disease.

Remember exercise is not something that you should do once or twice a month…Exercise needs to be done on a daily basis otherwise the benefits are quickly lost. So, it is very important that when you make an exercise plan you add variety, mixing it up a bit…so you don’t get bored and quit. A good exercise program should become a part of your lifestyle.



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