Exercising to Stay Young

 In The Village of Bedford Walk

Exercising can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task, especially if you are over the age of 50. It is important not to become discouraged and to keep up a daily exercising routine. Even a moderate amount of exercise, just 30 minutes a day, can help stave off depression and unwanted body fat while keeping you strong and independent.

Seniors do not necessarily need to focus on intense exercises; rather, they should focus on these four areas to stay strong, healthy and fit:

  • Strength- Keeping your muscles fit and strong will increase your metabolism, which helps to keep your weight and blood sugar in check. It will also help make daily chores and activities easier. Using your body weight or small 5lb weights added into your daily walk can increase your muscle strength.
  • Balance- Core strength is crucial to seniors. Working on your balance, such as attending yoga or Pilates, will increase core and leg muscle strength, making daily tasks easier. Balance exercises can help prevent injuries that may occur from falling.
  • Stretching- Freedom of movement is especially important for seniors.  Having flexible muscles will allow you to be more active in every area in your life. Stretching should be included in your daily exercise routine, preferable at the end of a workout when your muscles are warm.
  • Endurance- This area of exercise is arguable the most important. Any amount of endurance exercise, or cardiovascular exercise, such as walking, jogging, swimming, biking, even raking leaves, is beneficial. Any activity that will escalate your heart rate for an extended period of time is considered an endurance workout. Begin small with as little as 5 minutes a day and work your way up.

If you pay extra attention to these areas of fitness, your body will continually get stronger and you can continue to stay independent, healthy and happy.

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