The Active Adult Lifestyle for 55+ persons is a lifestyle that is well deserved. One of the advantages of most 55+ communities (like Villaggio) is that you have Fitness Equipment and Fitness Programs available to you. If you’ve been thinking about becoming more active or starting a fitness program, this blog article should be of benefit to you. The following are frequently asked questions about Fitness for 55+ persons
I Haven’t Exercised in Years, Why Start Now?
There is no statute of limitations on the benefits you receive from exercising. In other words, whenever you begin to exercise, you’ll reap it’s benefits.
Cardiovascular exercises like brisk walking, bicycling or swimming will strengthen the most important muscle in your body, Your Heart. Exercising your heart contributes to boosting your energy level and endurance plus it helps control blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Best of all, it is a natural mood elevator.
I Have Medical Conditions – Is Exercise Safe for Me?
First and foremost, consult with your health care provider before starting an exercise program. Inquire if you should take any precautions specific to your condition. Ask which exercises are beneficial and safe for you. Ask if you should start in a medically supervised setting or if you should exercise on your own. Regular exercise contributes in managing health conditions and can speed up the recovery process for serious illnesses.
Which Exercises Are Easy On The Joints?
Non Impact exercises such as Water Exercises (swimming and water walking) or non weight bearing exercises such as bicycling, rowing, elliptical machines are easier on the joints.
How Much Exercise is Enough?
Depending on your physical condition, you can start out with as little of 5 minutes or whatever you can manage. Gradually work up to 30 minutes a day for cardiovascular (most days of the week). Strength (weight) exercises should be a minimum of 2 days a week.
I’m Not Overweight – Do I Really Need To Exercise?
This is a simple answer. One study showed that an overweight person who is physically fit has significantly lower health risks than thin sedentary people.
Is Strength Training A Good Idea At My Age?
Adults lose about 4-6 lbs of muscle per decade resulting in a significant loss of strength and metabolism. A structured strength training program may help to regain lost muscle mass and increase their metabolism.