As people get older, they reach points where they are “too old” for something: too old for toys, too old for the Tooth Fairy, too old for playing on the jungle gym. Although you outgrow many things, one thing you’ll never outgrow is exercise. It’s true, exercising gets more challenging as you age. That shouldn’t be a reason to avoid physical activity, though. If anything, it should encourage it. Exercise helps reduce side effects of aging.
Appropriate exercise for seniors can boost your circulation, improve your bone density and muscle strength, foster healthy neurological functions and reactions, and generally keep you mobile. This is especially important for your lower limbs, since they must carry the weight of the rest of your body. Keeping them strong and active helps you do more even as you get older.
You simply have to be careful, especially if you’re a senior who has been living a sedentary life. It’s never too late to start exercising again, but depending on how aging has already affected you, you may need to start very slow. Over time you’ll develop the positive effects from exercise and improve your overall health.
Here are a few great exercises for seniors, especially if you—or your elderly parents—are trying to get back into better shape:
Walking – A brisk walk is the easiest activity, but it can be one of the most helpful. It boosts circulation and breathing, as well as works muscles.
Balance Activities – Balancing on one foot or other similar activities strengthen the muscles that keep you upright and mobile.
Swimming – This activity improves your muscles and heart rate without stressing your joints.
Lifting Weights – Easy weight lifting is a good way to build muscle and strengthen bones.
Yoga or Tai Chi – These activities work on your balance, strength, and flexibility.
The key is to get moving a little at a time and slowly build up your strength and endurance. The healthy side effects and improved mobility soon follow. Join a group or make a commitment with a friend to help you stay motivated. Then work it into your regular schedule so you don’t skip it. If you’re struggling at all to exercise as you age, or you have lower limb problems that make it difficult, let Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you. Make an appointment at our Las Vegas offices online or by calling (702) 839-2010.