Aging Well: Staying Mobile in Old Age

Aging Well: Staying Mobile in Old Age

Aging Well: Staying Mobile in Old Age

For anyone who has reached old age or younger, if you are able to walk for exercise, then you should start now. According to a research study surveying more than 1,600 men and women between the ages of 70 and 89. Half of these people randomly assigned to an exercise program we 28% less likely to have become disabled and 18% less likely to have any problems with disability.[1] Exercise, it is widely believed, can help promote healthy aging, which entails mobility later in life, less health problems, and increased independence. In this blog, we want to share a few easy ways how you can make exercise a normal part of your everyday schedule. Before starting any kind of exercise schedule, please consult with your doctor about the below suggestions before starting them. Your doctor will know what to advise based on your medical history and current health status. Additionally, a doctor would be able to lead you to helpful resources to teach you how to perform exercises correctly.

Go for Walks: This is one of the easiest ways to start an exercise routine. Walk at a pace that increases your heart rate and allows you to break a slight sweat. This would indicate that you are walking fast enough to constitute it as exercise. Start out for only fifteen minutes every session, and after a week, increase it to thirty minutes. Try increasing the time by fifteen-minute intervals every week until you get to an hour. Eventually, you may want to try other things.

Swim: Swimming is a great exercise primarily because it is a fantastic cardiovascular exercise. Secondly, it is very beneficial for your joints since you are not doing any kind of high-impact activity. If you have access to a gym, talk to someone about memberships. If you have a community pool where you live, then take advantage of that opportunity.

Resistance Training: Resistance training means lifting weights for exercise. This kind of training is beneficial because it not only helps you build strength, but it helps your bones stay strong and it is a preventive action against injury. We recommend consulting with a certified trainer at least once or twice to teach you the basics of proper form, even if you are not doing any kind of complex lifting.

Stretch: One way to start building a relationship with your body is to work on areas that need help. Stretching helps your muscles become flexible and it can help decrease pain in areas like the knees, hips, and back.

These are just some suggestions to start a building a consistent exercise plan. As emphasized above, please see a doctor before starting any kind of exercise program. If you want to learn more about ElderCare at Home call us at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.

[1] Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/walking-exercise-helps-seniors-stay-mobile-independent-201405287173

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