Exercise is important for good health at any age. Exercise can help maintain proper body weight and help regulate blood glucose and insulin levels to make the body more efficient.
The following are essential for seniors to maintain a healthy lifestyle:
- Improve your balance to prevent falls. Given the fact that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults, adding exercises in your workout that boost your balance are critical. Simple exercises that help you strengthen your core and lower body, like yoga and tai chi, can help you gain strength and flexibility to keep you steady on your feet.
- Add weight-bearing exercises to your routine. As you age, your bone density gradually diminishes, which increases your risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis. This is so common among older adults that worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will require treatment for osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime. Though, exercises that involve light weight-bearing activities can help you maintain bone strength.
- Head to the pool. If you have avoided the gym due to aches and pains, you might consider signing up for some water aerobics classes instead. They are easier on your joints and offer a great low-impact form of exercise.
(Note: As with any changes to your lifestyle, it’s always important to first consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program to protect your health.)