Life doesn’t need to end at retirement! But as seniors, we need to continue to take care of our bodies in order to stay healthy…so we can keep doing the things we love!
Here are just a few ways that exercise can benefit seniors:
- Aerobic activities increase cardiovascular strength. Keep your heart strong with activities like brisk walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, or biking. Try to do at least 30 minutes at a time 3 to 5 times per week. Find something you love!
- Strength training can help maintain bone density. As we age, our bones tend to get weaker and more brittle, but strong muscles and tendons can help to protect our bones from stress and breaks. Light weights and high repetitions 2 to 3 times per week will get the job done!
- Work on balance to help prevent falls. Try yoga or tai chi to increase your balance.
- Exercise can increase mental capacity. Getting your heart pumping can improve your memory and ability to learn new things…like how to use your new iPhone!!
- Exercise can improve wound healing. The body’s ability to heal, even small wounds, can decrease as we age, but regular exercise may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25%!
Making time for exercise can help make your Golden years exactly that…GOLDEN!