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Exercise Your Senior Independence

The majority of people know that exercise is an important aspect to living a healthy life and as we age, exercise becomes even more important.  Seniors who stay active are happier, healthy, and have a decreased risk of suffering from a fall. Read more about the benefits of exercise below.


Live 10 Years Younger with These Simple Exercises

As we age, our bodies become less nimble and strong as they once were, increasing the likelihood of injuries. Older women are at significant risk to falling. The danger is compounded by impaired balance, coordination, strength and flexibility. Oftentimes, these impairments are the result of health concerns that can easily be improved or corrected with simple regular exercise.

Strength training is important to improve balance and flexibility which has a direct correlation in reducing the likelihood and severity of falls. These exercises will also improve your reflexes to help you maintain your balance after a stumble.

Walking is one of the simplest exercises that can dramatically improve your health and decrease your likelihood of a fall. By walking 30-50 minutes 3 times a week, women above the age of 60 can improve blood flow to their brain by 15%. Increased blood flow in your brain can improve memory and cognitive functions. Walking only requires a comfortable pair of shoes and improves your metabolism and increases energy levels.

High blood pressure is a common symptom of older adults, but exercise can bring your blood pressure into a healthy range. Exercising and lowering your blood pressure will also reduce your risk of stroke, heart attack and risk of coronary heart disease. In a study, the most active group of seniors was 25% less likely to die that the rest of the seniors in the study.

Many of us lack the motivation and self-discipline to get the exercise we need. Fortunately, we’ve put together a few easy ways to exercise and improve your health. If you have a friend or family member who is interested in exercise as well, make it a group event! The best motivators are your peers. If you don’t like the idea of pumping iron or walking outside, give yoga a try. Yoga is relaxing and provides a great workout. You’ll find yourself becoming stronger and having improved balance. If you’re worried about the physical impacts of traditional exercise, try out water aerobics. The water’s warm! Underwater aerobics is a zero-impact exercise that is ideal for those with bone and joint issues.

Many believe lifting weights is solely an exercise for pumping up your biceps. It’s actually a great way to increase your bone strength as well. Dumbbell flyes and curls will give you the strength you haven’t had in years and keep your bones strong and healthy.

If you don't want to spend hours of your free time at the gym, there're several ways to improve your fitness in a way that protect you from falls and help you get the most out of life.