Senior Exercise And Fitness

Getting older is a fact of life.  An active lifestyle needs to fit into that fact and is extremely important.  Exercising regularly helps maintain positive mindset, boosts energy, and could help with the symptoms of pain.   There are plenty of ways to get out there and get some exercise.  

Starting and keeping a regular exercise routine can be difficult.  It can more difficult trying to start one and maintain it when you are a senior. Just because you are getting older, does not mean that you should be slowing down, it is just a better reason to be active.  No matter age or exercise level, exercise is beneficial.  It is about adding movement to your daily routine -- so even if you are house or wheelchair bound -- there are exercises you can do.  

It is not just about adding years to your life, it is about adding life to your years.

Before you commit to an exercise plan, talk to your medical pracitioner.  You will need to get medical clearance before you start a program especially if you have a preexisting condition.  If you feel anything painful or does not feel right while exercising, make sure you stop immediately.  You may need to adjust your exercise program.  A preexisting condition like diabetes, you will need to check when programs are going on to make sure you do not interfere with meal times or medications.  

Start slow.  Everything worth working for starts off slow and takes time.  To notice a difference, make sure you stick to your exercise routine for at least 3 to 4 weeks.  To make your work out enjoyable and to be able to stick to it, make sure you choose an activity or exercises that you enjoy.  If you find that some of the exercises you are doing are getting repetitive or you are getting bored, try switching things up by adding weights to the exercise, trying a variation of the exercise or challenge yourself by trying a new exercise. 

Adding exercise to your day does not necessarily mean that you have to go for a walk or to a gym or do resistance training everyday, it can also mean that you are active at times where you do not think you can be.  Take for example watching your favourite television show.  You can fit in your exercise for the day during that time by doing neck rolls, stretching, using soup cans as weights if you do not have free weights or resistance bands, walking a little bit further when you are out doing errands, or shoveling or doing yard care can also contribute to your exercise allotment for the day as well.  

One thing to remember when you are doing an exercise plan is to not feel guilty if you miss a day.  Missing exercise days happens and it is important to remember that each day is a new day for you to start again.  Making yourself feel guilty about missing a day is not good for you and can set the course for you to miss more days.  If you are finding you are lacking motivation, try to get an exercise buddy.  Even if they can only commit to going for a walk, that is perfect.  it is still exercise and gets you out and social.  If you are sick or think you are injured, take the time to recoup and get back to exercising when you feel better.  Exercising when you are sick or injured will not help and could put you off of your feet longer than originally thought.  Once you feel back to normal, start back at exercising where you left off.  Keep a log of your exercise routines if you would like.