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Canada’s Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living for Older Adults states that 60% of older adults are not sufficiently active. Considering standards used by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI), these insufficient activity levels among seniors over 65 could reach up to 79%. Those who are physically inactive are generally at a higher risk of poor health. However, considering certain factors, such as disability, isolation, and weather, and creating personalized fitness classes of exercise regimes will go a long way in keeping fit and feeling fabulous

For some, fitness goals may include seriously getting into shape through some high-intensity workouts, whereas others may focus more on just maintaining a moderate level of activeness on a day to day basis, committing to more low to medium intensity exercise. Staying active keeps you feeling great and there are such a variety of options to the point that enables you to accomplish your fitness goals while also bearing in mind circumstances such as financial restraints, winter weather or health conditions. 

Options for keeping fit

Low impact exercises are a great way to stretch and strengthen muscles, while also helping to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and prevent injury. In spite of the fact that these exercises may start as low intensity, there is the option over time as stamina increases to build them up to more medium intensity workouts. Ideas for low to medium intensity workouts include: walking, one of the best low-impact endurance exercises and can be done anywhere, through a park, around the block or in a shopping mall. Gardening in another idea and an enjoyable way to work your muscles through all the digging, weeding and watering. Yoga is additionally an extraordinary exercise option since incorporates stretching, building strength, improving flexibility and balance. Seniors can start with a beginner’s class and stick to that level or go on to take more advanced classes as their fitness and ability improve. Taking classes such as these also have the added benefit of there being a social aspect, combating multiple issues that some seniors may face, such as loneliness and isolation.    

Considerations when exercising

It is important to remember that your approach to exercise as a senior will be a little different than it is for younger people. Taking time before a workout to warm up and then to cool down with some light stretching after your workout is imperative to ensure there is no tightness and avoid injury. Remaining hydrated at all times is also an often forgotten habit that always ought to be a priority. However, during a workout, whatever the intensity, it is vital to have a bottle of water with you that you regularly drink from to ensure you remain hydrated.

Dressing appropriately if the exercise is outdoors is an important consideration, especially during a Canadian winter. The cold doesn’t have to be a factor preventing you from walking outdoors if that is what you enjoy, but taking precautions and wrapping up properly is important.  

As we gradually age, changes in our body are natural and something to bear in mind as you work with your body rather than fight against it. For seniors seeking to improve their fitness levels, cardio exercises are beneficial for both healthy older adults as well as those with preexisting medical conditions. Finding an activity that is additionally enjoyable will improve the probability of elderly people committing to making it part of their regular lifestyle. Discussing a fitness regime with a doctor before starting is recommended to avoid causing injury or exasperating any illness. In any case, there will be a reasonable activity, and the physical and mental health benefits are guaranteed to make you feel fantastic.   

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