Most 55+ Communites have a fitness facility. A Fitness program for 55+ Active Adults makes for a healthier and more enjoyable life. It helps keep your body strong, reduces health problems and helps control blood pressure, body weight and cholesterol levels. It cuts the risk for hardening of the arteries, heart attack and stroke. What does that all mean, well it means that you can add years to your life.
But wait!!! That’s not all. (Sounds like a commercial, right?)
Below are some other benefits you’ll get from a fitness program:
- Conditions Muscles, Tendons, Ligaments and Bone to combat osteoporosis.
- Reduces the risk of everyday injury
- Improves digestion
- Helps manage low back pain, arthritis and diabetes
- Can lower the risk of some cancers
- Help you sleep better
- Manages Stress
- Best of all – IT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER
Before starting any exercise program, find out from your primary care physician whether you should do them and if you have any restrictions.
A good exercise program includes cardiovascular exercise and resistance exercise (weights). Exercise classes are a good way to begin (and continue doing). You may enjoy group exercise classes, since they offer an opportunity to socialize and develop friendships. At our age, consider some cardiovascular exercises that are non-jarring exercises such as walking, swimming and cycling. Start out easy and gradually build up. 30 minutes a day is a good target to shoot for.
Going to the fitness center is not the only way to exercise. Gardening, dancing, house cleaning are other ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. I know what you’re thinking, “I can do that”, but don’t take the easy way out, do as much as you can. If you go the fitness center, it works to your benefit.
Resistance exercises (weight exercises) help to maintain muscle mass and promote bone health. Find your comfort level as to what you can do. Don’t be lazy, push yourself as much as you can. Make sure you know what and how to do weight exercises. Working the major muscle groups is important. If you are unsure of what and how, find out from someone who knows what and how.
You should end each workout with stretching exercises. It helps to maintain mobility, range of motion and can decrease the risk of injury.
A FEW SAFETY TIPS
Always remember to keep safety in mind when exercising.
- Wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes.
- Avoid outdoor activities in extreme temperatures.
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated.
- Listen to your body when determining an appropriate exercise intensity (and keep in mind that monitoring intensity using heart rate isn’t accurate if you are on heart-rate-altering medications such as most medications for hypertension).
- Be aware of danger signs. Stop activity and call your doctor or 911 if you experience any of the following: pain or pressure in your chest, arms, neck or jaw; feeling lightheaded, nauseated or weak; becoming short of breath; developing pain in your legs, calves or back; or feeling like your heart is beating too fast or skipping beats.
After all is said and done and you’ve heard everyone‘s opinion of which exercises are the best ones t do, choose the exercises you enjoy.
Look at your 55+, retirement or senior years as an opportunity to do things you have never done before. Most of all, enjoy yourself!
15 Minute exercise program for seniors