Fitness For Seniors
Being fit is always a struggle.
This isn’t age related.
Some people seem to ease their way to a fitter body.
I have never been that lucky. 😉
I only recently took up running, and I notice I don’t recover as quickly as people half my age.
As you grow old, there are more problems for us to leap over to get fit.
Your bones tend to get weak, joints ache more, and your metabolism has slowed down.
It is time for you to change your lifestyle, just like I did, and the way you approach foods and activities.
Here are some tips to get you started on your fitness lifestyle.
Know Your Limits
This is perhaps the essential senior fitness advice.
Before you jump right into any exercise habits, you should change your eating habits and make changes in your overall lifestyle; you should know what your limitations are.
If you do not know what these may be, you should consult a doctor first.
If you have health risks, these may limit your options for your exercise and your selections of food.
Consulting your doctor before working out is always a right choice.
There is no set age or condition that says if/when you should consult a physician before starting to workout.
But, experts recommend you talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine;
- If you have lung, kidney or liver diseases.
- If you are a heart patient.
- If you have pain in your muscles or joints when walking or doing any physical activity.
- If you have diabetes, asthma or arthritis.
- If you feel dizzy at times.
- If you are on medications for any disease.
- If you have had a replacement surgery for any joints.
Furthermore, if you are uncertain of your health condition, check up with your doctor.
Also, the American College of Sports Medicine suggests you see or talk to your doctor if two or more of the following apply;
- If your family has a history of heart diseases.
- If you are a male of over 45 years or a woman of over 55 years.
- If you are a smoker or recently quit smoking.
- If you have high cholesterol or blood pressure problem.
- If you are overweight.
Take it Slow
When it comes to fitness for seniors, keep in mind it took you 40 plus years to get where you are today so do not expect to drop tons of weight and get fit immediately.
If you have led an inactive life for several years, then it will take a bit of time to get used to being livelier.
Buy a pair of walking shoes and start taking slow speed walks as a start.
Step it up to a brisk walk once you have been accustomed to your new shoes and believe that you are all set,
Be sure you are walking correctly to decrease shin splints and joint pain.
Combine up your choices of exercise by coming up with something new and fun.
One of the best senior fitness workouts is Water aerobics.
You can also try something that you love like golfing, bowling or even gardening.
If you do not have time for golf or bowling, you can always try Nintendo Wii.
You can play Wii golf on this video game.
Muscle Training for seniors
Do not limit your activity to aerobic exercise; you can also add some strength training workout to your routine.
This sort of training is not just for bodybuilders.
Remember that when fitness for seniors interests you, that enhancing your lean muscles not only makes you fit but has many health benefits as well.
Muscle building helps to decrease the bad cholesterol and increase the good.
It not only strengthens the muscle but also improves your posture and strengthens your bones.
By including any or all the above tips for seniors you are on your way to living a healthier and more active senior lifestyle.
Some health experts believe that vitamins may help to stay fit.
Vitamins are powerful and should be prescribed and used as carefully as any other drug.
Particularly for seniors, high doses of certain vitamins may cause serious health problems.
These health problems include kidney damage, liver destruction, heart problems, etc.
Even so, certain vitamins are prescribed or advised to seniors for proper nourishment.
For instance, as you get old, you will lose the abundant production of elastin and collagen in the skin.
Hence, wrinkles appear.
But with the help of vitamin C, an antioxidant, your body will be able to produce collagen and elastin, which maintains skin elasticity and strength.
Vitamin supplements that are fit for seniors are those that help in the maintenance of healthy cell growth and repair.
Vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants, counteract the destructive matters known as free radicals.
Health experts say that the damages caused by these elements may promote cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones.
As people grow older, they lose the bone density in their bodies.
And when people lack calcium, bones tend to consume their mass faster than before.
Hence, bones become fragile and weak.
This is when osteoporosis sets in.
Living well, not merely surviving longer, is our ultimate goal.
Today’s men and women over 50 can get healthier as they grow older.
With the help of vitamins, people can combat the signs of aging.
Health experts say that they have seen men and women in their seventies become more fit and vigorous than ever been before.
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