2024 is almost here. Do you have your resolution yet? How about setting a goal that can help both you and someone you love live healthier and feel happier?
Working out on a regular basis is important for everyone, but it’s not always easy to start or stay consistent. One good way to keep motivated is to identify an accountability partner and encourage each other. If you are providing care for an older loved one, you have the perfect opportunity to help one another become more physically fit! But it’s important to first understand how much seniors should exercise and what forms of exercise are best.
So, How Much Should Seniors Exercise?
Everyone’s body is different, so you should always consult a doctor before establishing a workout routine. Whatever an individual’s ability level, appropriate exercise is important. It improves muscle mass, bone density, heart and lung functioning, and much more, including improving mood and emotional wellbeing.
There are many general suggestions, and there’s good news: even a small amount of physical activity can make a positive change. As little as 15 – 20 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (swimming, running, playing basketball or tennis) has been shown to reduce mortality rate by 16 – 40%.
What Are Some Good Exercises for Older Adults?
Some of the best aerobic exercises to consider, which can be modified as required according to ability level, include:
- Dancing, which helps strengthen multiple muscle groups while improving balance and mood – and, if dancing with a partner, socialization too.
- Cycling, either on a stationary or outdoor bike: an excellent low impact activity that benefits the heart, lungs, and large muscles.
- Walking, especially in nature, to experience varied terrains and the psychological effects that come from spending time outdoors, including a boost in mood, lowered stress and anxiety, and much more.
How to Get Started
Getting started with a new fitness routine is frequently the hardest part. Here are a few tips to help you both succeed:
- Begin slowly and set attainable goals. Then celebrate reaching them!
- Be sure to stay hydrated.
- Include warm-up and cool-down periods.
- Select activities that are fun. With so many options, there is no reason to settle for a boring, tedious routine.
- If any discomfort or pain is experienced, stop.
Let Us Help!
Now that you know how much seniors should exercise, a caregiver from Golden Harmony makes a fantastic exercise buddy to help older adults remain on track with a new or existing physical fitness program. We can provide transportation to the gym, pool, senior center, or anywhere else the individual wishes to go. We also make great walking partners! Contact us at 919-426-7522 to learn more about our senior care services in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest and the surrounding areas.