It is never too late to begin exercising, even at an older age. Senior citizens, due to the effects of aging, require different exercises as compared to younger adults and children. Before starting on an exercise regime let us take a look at some of the questions you may have about starting an exercise routine.
How Safe Is Exercising When I'm Older?
Most of the older adult population avoids exercise because of their health conditions that have worsened by aging which include heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis and diabetes. Another discouraging factor is the way exercise is described in commercials with young muscled models doing almost impossible feats with their bodies that older adults can not achieve. The truth is that exercising is completely safe for older adults and they can also benefit from working out to improve any of these illnesses too. As always it is recommended to consult a doctor about the best exercise routine to boost your health without adding more strain to your body.
What Types Of Exercise Can Older Adults Do?
There are a number of exercises that you can begin with quite easily, the first being walking. All you need for this is a good pair of walking shoes and you can decide on the time and place to take your walk depending on your preferences. Another great exercise for the older population is swimming which stretches your joints and muscles, relaxes your body and improves your energy levels. You can also register at your nearby gym for seniors fitness classes and even try yoga and tai chi for senior citizens. These give you balance and boost your strength much like running and bicycling which are sometimes difficult for older adults.
What Do I Need To Begin Exercising?
As an older adult there are a number of items you will need to begin working out. First, consider purchasing more comfortable clothes for exercise which should be loose and absorbent. You will need several workout outfits to give you enough service throughout your week and remember to include caps, good socks and sturdy shoes or sneakers designed for the level of exercise you plan on undertaking. You should also include a water bottle for your workouts as well as a pouch to help you carry some necessities if you plan on being away from home (ie medications, cell phone, etc.) Be well equipped when you work out especially because you will be starting slow to help your body adjust to the exercise.
Are There Any Precautions To Take When Exercising?
There are some signs you should watch out for once you begin your workout. Do your best to work out when the weather is right meaning that it should not be too humid, too wet or too cold. Avoid extreme conditions because they make it more difficult for you to get the needed exercise in a safe manner. You should also be aware of your body's reactions during exercise. You may need to call your doctor if you start feeling pain in your chest, nausea or dizziness. Also take breaks whenever you feel the need to so that you can adjust to the workout more easily.
On the whole, you should talk to your doctor before starting any workout regime, and get recommendations from a fitness professional at your local gym or senior center. You will feel a lot better for exercising so try it as soon as you can and see what it can do for you!
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Source by Lillian Bonds