Senior fitness programs should consist of four types of exercises that include strengthening, balance, stretching, and endurance exercises. Strengthening exercises will help build older adult muscles and increase their metabolism, which will help keep weight and blood sugar in check. Balance exercises builds leg muscles and will help prevent falls, which will help seniors stay more independent later in life. Stretching exercises allow for more freedom of movement and will allow seniors to be more active. Endurance exercises help increase heart rate and breathing for a healthier lifestyle as you age. Some examples of endurance exercise include walking, swimming, biking, and daily activities around the house, such as raking leaves or mowing the grass. Seniors need to start endurance exercises slowly and progress gradually. An inactive lifestyle can cause seniors to lose ground in these four important areas that allow a more healthy and independent lifestyle.
Staying physically active and exercising on a regular basis can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. Always remember that seniors need to check with their physician before starting any type of exercise program. Growing older doesn’t mean you have to lose strength or your ability to live a healthy lifestyle in your older years. Exercise can help seniors feel better and enjoy life more.