Exercise For Seniors
Regular exercise for seniors and older adults will provide the greatest degree of benefits. Most individuals get more out of their senior fitness programs when they exercise regularly (3 to five times a week) and when they incorporate different forms of training into their routine. Seniors get the most benefit from a regular and broadened fitness program.
Vitality For Life: Senior Fitness Experts
- Try to do 15- 30 minute of continuous aerobic activity two to three times per week.
- Execute balance exercises at a level that challenges you but that you can perform safely (hold onto something or be sure to have a spotter accompany you) for a few minutes at least twice a week.
- Incorporate some core strength training (abdominaland back muscle exercises), on the same days that you work your balance.
- As you build your functional strength and stability, integrate weight training twice per week, focusing on exercises to strengthen the lower limbs, trunk and arm muscles.Remember, you can do more harm than good by doing strength exercises too often. Don’t exercise the same set of muscles 2 days in a row.
- Finally, include stretching exercises in every workout to promote flexibility and prevent tightness that can lead to hindered balance and injury.
Consult a physician before you start any exercise program. This is general information and is not intended to diagnose any medical condition, replace your healthcare professional or substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The use of any information provided in this article is solely at your own risk.