Fitness is an important aspect of healthy living, and this is why all age groups have to include it in their day-to-day routine. It is never too late to get into fitness, but there are some precautions seniors have to keep in mind. It is important to talk to a doctor before you start a new routine. Below are 8 daily fitness tips for seniors. See this blog post here for information on unlocking your hip flexors.
Starting Slowly – Your body moves differently compared to when you were younger. When starting a new exercise program, make sure you give your body the respect it deserves. Start with short sessions a couple of times a week then build from there. Don’t risk injury by pushing your body to the limits.
Getting a Buddy – Working out can be tedious, but having someone doing it with you makes it a fun social activity. Having a workout buddy is also good because you have someone who is going to spot you when training, and you can do the same for them. In case of a fall or any incident, there is someone there to lend a helping hand.
Resistance Training – Resistance training is a great way of exercising because it will help in preventing muscle loss and risk of injury. Your bones will be healthy, which is good for seniors. It is important to get an experienced trainer when doing resistance training because you don’t want to make things worse for yourself. Start slowly and you will be doing it easily in no time.
Joining a Group – Whether it is taking community fitness classes or getting a gym membership, you are going to get a sense of accountability when you participate in a group activity. It is also a fun environment where you get to socialize with others. A trainer is important because they ensure you are doing the movement safely so you don’t injure yourself.
Good Nutrition – Exercise is good for both physical and mental health, and it will also help with weight loss. When paired with eating habits, your fitness becomes more impactful. Fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins are going to keep you healthy. You will have the energy to exercise.
Sole Support – The fat pads at the bottom of the feet compress with age, and this is why seniors experience fatigue and pain in that area. It is a good idea to get supportive shoes or insert foot pads so they can provide stability. Wear comfort or socks with extra padding to keep your feet comfortable and dry.
Work on balance and mobility – According to statistics, the most common form of accidental injuries among seniors is falling. There are some exercises that are going to improve flexibility. Some of them include walking heel to toe, one-legged stands, tai chi, stretching exercises (like yoga), etc.
Deep Breaths – The muscles around the rib cage stiffen as a person ages, and this makes it difficult to breathe. Exercises such as humming, abdominal-assisted breathing, and belly-breathing help with airflow.
The above health tips will go a long way in helping you improve your health.