Fitness for seniors
You look at your figure in the mirror and ask yourself, "When did this happen?" Or, you painfully drag yourself out of bed and ask, "What did I do to deserve this?" The fact is, life happens. People grow older, muscles, bones and organs begin to break down and pain sets in. Is there hope? Yes, but you must be prepared to make the necessary sacrifice. Being senior does not mean you have to put up with an inferior quality of life. With professional help and discipline you can reverse some of the symptoms you are experiencing.
Your physical therapist can assess your lifestyle and advise you on modifications you can make to your daily routine of housework, vocation and leisure. Your physical therapist can also help you correct your posture and you now look taller, slimmer, younger. You will be taught exercises which you are expected to continue doing after you leave the clinic.
Exercise slims and strengthens the body and reverses some of the effects of aging. Some of the major benefits of exercise are:
- It controls blood pressure and diabetes.
- Strengthens the heart and lungs.
- Helps keep you regular.
- Promotes better sleep.
- Keeps joints, muscles and ligaments flexible.
Many seniors form walking groups and go to the malls when the weather is bad, or they walk outdoors in good weather. There are also some fitness clubs that cater to seniors. Weight training is not exclusive to the young. Seniors could work out with weights to build muscle and increase strength. One benefit of weight training is it helps to reverse osteoporosis. Swimming, cycling, gardening and dancing are other enjoyable forms of exercise. By following these simple guidelines, you can make your golden years the best years of your life.
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