Aerobics and Weights Good for Seniors

by Lois Etienne on May 4, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

We’ve all been educated over the past 20 years about better health from exercise but the really fun fact is that it’s never too late to start. Did you hear about Ida Keeling who started running when she was 67 and at 95, she finished AND set a record for her age in a 60 meter race?

Exercise can do so much in helping seniors manage health conditions such as diabetes and arthritis. Aging is inevitable BUT, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they have aged. More likely it is because they have become inactive.

There are some things that we lose as we age that can be prevented, like:

  • Strength and Muscle: Sarcopenia is the fancy term scientists have given to describe loss of muscle, strength and quality of tissue often seen in older adults. Some experts have suggested that muscle mass declines about 1% each year from age 30.
  • Cardio Endurance: As we age, we often lose aerobic fitness and experts believe this contributes to reduced mobility in daily life.
  • Flexibility: Joints change with age and this can lead to stiffness, decreased range of motion and more injuries
  • Balance: Each year, hospitals see thousands of older patients for broken hips due to falling. Balance exercises can help you avoid injuries from falls and keep you independent and mobile.

Weights and resistance training is recommended at two times a week but not two days in a row.

Always consult your doctor before starting any new program and it might be helpful to use a personal trainer, at least to get started….BUT start!

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