The benefits of exercise are known to everyone. And most people, in their middle age, try for once, to fit an exercise routine in their lives. However, as they start ageing, exercising and any form of physical activity gets off of their lists of priorities. The important question to ask is “can seniors above 50 do exercise?”
Not many are aware of the answer to this question. And therefore, only one in four elderly exercises regularly. Most people start living a sedentary lifestyle after they hit their 50s or 60s. Side effects of this inactive lifestyle include fall, obesity, heart diseases, reduction in brain function, and decreased life expectancy.
The National Institute for Ageing has stated that exercising is good for all age groups, and offers a number of benefits like improved life expectancy, prevents falls, reduced risk of strokes, reduced risk of dementia, delay in age-related diseases, and helps elderly be more independent and active.
Whether you have been active all your life or just giving it a thought now, it’s never too late to start enjoying the benefits exercising has to offer.
Here are some exercises that can help you get started, and once you catch up, you can move to more challenging exercises to improve your overall health.
Stretching Exercises for the Elderly
The flexibility of joints and muscles reduces by up to 50% as you grow older. Stretching exercises can help gain flexibility and assist smoother body movement. Also, regular stretching will help make other exercises easier for you. Start with a few basic stretches.
Chair Based Exercises for the Elderly
Balancing Exercise in Elderly
Bed Exercises for the Elderly
These simple exercises do not require much physical strength and do not strain the body. Starting with the simple ones can get the seniors in the habit of working out, and slowly they can try more rigorous exercises. The exercises mentioned above are safe and secure to perform and can be done by anyone, from any age group.
Whether you are trying to push yourself or trying to take care of a senior family member, be aware that physical activity can help you/them become independent and aid in carrying out daily tasks with much ease.
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