Aiming for Fitness Not Just Fun for Seniors

By Keep Fit and Moving Team | In Senior Exercise, Senior Fitness | on February 4, 2014

We all know that you don’t have to be more than fifty years old in order to start feeling changes and problems in your body. Adult people really need to do something for their bodies in order to stay away from illnesses and to have a healthy lifestyle for as long as they can. It is essential to concentrate on good health as the most important cornerstone of the exercises for adult people. Let’s have a look at some effective hints that will allow you to improve your overall health.

The correct activities
The correct activities will mainly depend on the ability and overall health of the adult person. You should see your doctor in order to have a physical examination and a general health check in order to ensure that you will be able to put up with the exercises and stay away from problems. Those adult people who have had an inactive lifestyle for some time should take their time when taking up a workout plan. A kinesiologist should be able to tell you which are the most appropriate moves and stretching exercises that will provide stability for your joints and make your muscles stronger.

Adult people shouldn’t sign up for team sports or start a lift weighting plan if they haven’t done the right stretching exercises before. It’s important that they see the responses of their bodies to the different exercises prior to taking up more demanding activities. Remember that having a balanced diet that includes mineral, proteins and vitamins is essential to build muscle and sleeping will allow you to be rested for your workout session.

What a workout plan includes
A consistent workout plan should always have exercises to improve the level of fitness and a detailed specification of the kind of equipment and help you will need. Adult people can perfectly use workout devices such as an exercise bike, an exercise machine and even an elliptical device. It is also a good idea to have adult people go for a walk to enjoy the gardens of the retirement home. If you feel you can, you can even try to go jogging but make sure it’s not too demanding for you. Sometimes a workout plan offers scheduled sessions twice or three times a week of aerobics, yoga and some other exercises so adult people can be part of the sessions whenever they want.

Workout plans generally include sessions in which adult people have the chance to speak their mind, do some entertaining activities and spend some time with people of their same age. This is the perfect chance for adult people to talk about the things that worry them and the possible solutions for their problems. The activities are generally done in pairs or teams according to the choice of adults.

Purpose of exercises
Physical activities are offered to adult people in order to achieve some goals such as being more flexible and stronger and also to increase their stamina. To boost their stamina, adult people can go for exercises such as cycling, walking, swimming and even walking in order to increase their heart rate. These kinds of activities are perfect for those who have high levels of cholesterol, blood pressure and stress.
If you want to make adult people stronger, then weight lifting activities are useful but you will have to consider the abilities they have so that you can avoid injuries. Stability is of great importance for adult people, especially if they want to avoid falls. You need to know that there are some stability activities that can help the elderly improve their stability.

Many more advantages
There is a wide range of advantages that you gain from exercises for adult people. You will be able to feel happier and relaxed, which means that you will have less chances of suffering from a heart conditions. Apart from that, you will be more flexible and the level of sugar in your blood will go down. Since your body will be producing more endorphins you will be a lot happier and more active and this will lead you to improve your overall well-being.

However, the results vary from one person to another contingent on the age, how each person responds to the exercises and the present health condition. In general, having an active lifestyle will always be beneficial for you.

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35 Comments to "Aiming for Fitness Not Just Fun for Seniors"

  • gladly49 says:

    June 8, 2014 at 4:51 am -

    Staying fit and being healthy in my eyes are some of the most important things for seniors. My grandmother, who is now 74, makes a point to taker her vitamins daily and to exercise daily as well. She is a true inspiration! I hope that when I am her age I can have as much hope and determination.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 12:32 am -

    From what I understand, we need workouts that are much more tailor-made for us as we get older. The correct exercises are also important as we are losing muscle. If we do not have knowledge of this we may be doing the wrong exercises. These programs seem to be wonderfully designed to meet the needs of the elderly. It is up to us to take the responsibility for them getting involved so that they can ultimately benefit.

    1. SageRave says:

      June 14, 2014 at 11:29 pm -

      While aerobic exercises are good for the heart, having more muscle mass causes you to burn more calories, even at rest! A set of dumb bells can help re-develop the muscle mass lost over the years.

      These don’t have to be the set of weight you would see at a gym. A set can consist of 4 or 5 different sizes beginning with 5 or 10 pound dumb bells and go up to 20 0r 30 pound dumb bells.
      Start with a target of 10 repetitions with the smallest, lightest dumb bells. When you can execute 10 repetitions easily it is time to move up 5 or 10 pounds. Repeating that process will build m ore muscle than aerobic exercises without creating the bulk that body builders seek.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 6:30 am -

    We don’t have to become incompetent as we grow older. We can remain in good health and fit enough to be able to go anywhere we like and to be able to do anything we like. If we maintain a good exercise program, age does not have to catch up with us. You can maintain a a great health program and include your parents. Not only should it prove to be fun, but a real bonding session as well.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 6:36 am -

    Seniors can do group walks together. This will be a social outing and part of a fitness program. In this way they will improve their overall health and social lives. Walking in groups is also far safer than walking alone. If anyone injures themselves, the other folks will be there to assist.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 6:40 am -

    The elderly should also be taken on shopping trips in groups. This will ensure that they are never left alone and that they are able to help each other when shopping. They especially need assistance if they are going shopping for clothing and need to try some outfits on.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm -

    The elderly should be given an emergency button, just like those that are used in robberies. It should be portable so that they can attach it to their clothing or keep in their pockets. If they do fall or injure themselves, or feel that they may be in any kind of danger, they can just press the button and alert someone. In this way we will be able to respond to their call more swiftly which, in many instances, can really assist in saving their lives.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm -

    Take the responsibility to see that your elderly loved ones have regular visits to the medical practitioner, for head to toe checkups. Double check on their mobility and make sure they are issued with equipment such as canes or walkers if they are required. This will allow them to get around more easily.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm -

    By encouraging your elderly loved ones to wear sneakers around the house, not only when they go out you may be helping them avoid an unnecessary fall. Purchasing either slippers or socks that have grips at the bottom can also help to prevent slips and falls.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm -

    You should consider getting a grabber that can help your elderly grip items easily. This grabbing tool will allow your loved one to conveniently access all or any items that are outside of their reach. This will considerably make life easier and a lot safer for them.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:13 pm -

    Make sure you attend their medical appointments and find out about the medications they need to take. Discuss these and their implications as some medications promote drowsiness. Drowsiness and dizziness are often the cause of falls and injuries which can lead to fatality. Every measure to prevent such accidents from ocuring should be taken.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:14 pm -

    Make sure you attend their medical appointments and find out about the medications they need to take. Discuss these and their implications as some medications promote drowsiness. Drowsiness and dizziness are often the cause of falls and injuries which can lead to fatality. Every measure to prevent such accidents from occurring should be taken.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:21 pm -

    Check your elderly loved ones home for anything that could be a hazard. Throw rugs must be removed as they can lead to falls and injury. A bench, shower wand and grab bars in the shower will also help with fall prevention. Check for chairs that are unstable and tend to move easily. These may need to be secured.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm -

    Regular visits to your loved ones are important. In this way you can evaluate their safety by making sure that everything in their home is secure. Regular checks to safety, pull bars, shelving and cabinets should be done. Screws often come lose after a while. Tightening them up again can prevent accidents from happening. Any mirrors that have been affixed to the walls should also be checked on a regular basis.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm -

    Electrical appliances and their plugs and wires should be checked regularly, especially if any of the wires have been joined. It is important to make sure the join is properly sealed with the correct tape and that these are not close to any water. If electricity is exposed to water it can be fatal. Ensure that no appliances are tripping the electricity out because of an electrical short.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm -

    It is vitally important that we make the living and home environment of the elderly as safe as possible. Statistics show that most falls are the cause of traumatic brain injuries which ultimately result in death. Many falls cause hip fractures and this often results in permanent disability and long-term care. Many elderly end up in a wheel chair after falling multiple times. It is our responsibility to ensure that our loved ones do not have to spend the rest of their lives in a wheel chair.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 9:55 pm -

    Health-care costs are so high and safety prevention will also help to prevent unnecessary medical expenses that arise due to injuries. Sometimes the changes we need to make are as easy as changing light bulbs. The bathroom and the kitchen are the two main areas where falls mainly occur. Several small modifications will help prevent this.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm -

    Remove any furniture or items that are not being used and that force elderly persons to carefully navigate around them. All clutter should be moved from the room, especially the living room. Sometimes old magazines or newspapers are left lying on the floor, which can be the cause of a potential fall. Furniture that bulges out along a path that is used all the time should be moved to a safer location.

  • oraclemay says:

    June 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm -

    By ensuring that everything your elderly parent or grandparent requires is within easy reach you will make their home safer. They should not have to stand on step stools or benches to reach for their foodstuffs, appliances or cooking utensils. The floors should also be kept clean and free of spills or grease by mopping after any cooking is done. If meals are prepared and pre-packed for the elderly you will avoid most spills.

  • kate86 says:

    June 10, 2014 at 2:10 am -

    Exercise can definitely be a fun thing for seniors. My mother recently turned 70, and has never really been very active (if you dont count chasing around 6 kids, that is). Her doctor advised her she needed to keep fit, so she and I have been going to the gym together a couple times a week. She uses the stationary bike and walks on the treadmill, as well as does weight training. I think both are great for her because she’s maintaining strengthand muscle mass but isn’t subjecting herself to as many dangers as she would be exercising outdoors. We have a lot of fun together and it is great for her to have another item on her schedule!

  • theshaynee says:

    June 26, 2014 at 10:15 pm -

    This is really a great idea. It’s a genius approach and not just for seniors either. Lots of groups and communities would benefit from this. It also boosts motivation and morale when you can enjoy something and it isn’t so much of a chore. Depression in seniors is a serious thing now.

  • oraclemay says:

    July 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm -

    Although exercise is great, we should also ensure that our elders are always properly dehydrated. Make sure they are drinking enough water or refreshments that will keep them going throughout the day. They should never feel thirsty and can carry a personal water bottle with them wherever they go.

  • oraclemay says:

    July 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm -

    Keeping fit also entails spending time outdoors. All seniors that spend time outside need to wear a protective sunscreen, hats, glasses and sometimes gloves. Ensure that they are protected from the harsh sunlight, wind and cold weather at all times as these can be detrimental to their health. In general, seniors are more fragile than other members of society.

  • oraclemay says:

    July 2, 2014 at 9:17 pm -

    Elders should also be using a good mosquito repellent if they are in an area where these insects are prevalent during the summer months. Mosquito bites can often become sores and cause discomfort and infection in the elderly. Mosquito nets are another viable option.

  • oraclemay says:

    July 2, 2014 at 11:29 pm -

    Many people think that older people cannot do exercise, but they do not realize that it is exercise that keeps your muscles supple and strong. Even gentle exercise is better than doing no exercise at all. Simple stretching exercise that are done multiple times each week will give great results for any elderly person.

  • oraclemay says:

    July 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm -

    Exercise in a team is not only beneficial to the physical health of the elderly, but it also serves as a social outing. Not only will it benefit the physical body, but also the mental health of anyone taking part. Team exercise is also perfect for those who need to develop social skills.

  • Navarro0321 says:

    July 11, 2014 at 3:00 am -

    It is of first importance to recognize exercising is a lifestyle, not just a routine, the sooner you subscribe to this religion, health will be robust. It doesn’t take a supernatural intervention, squarely a concerted effort complicit with discipline is all that is needed for vitality. In connection, sweating it out does not have to be a demanding and taxing ordeal on the body, pace yourself making it a point of emphasis to enjoy your workouts. Get fit indulging in some of your favorite mobilizing hobbies/interests.

  • Navarro0321 says:

    July 11, 2014 at 3:42 am -

    Oddly enough stretching your limbs and extremities dramatically improves the equilibrium for optimal balance and stability, strengthening the joints and tendons, thus encouraging agility within the body. By performing a stretching session of only 20 minutes twice day, an elderly person can remarkably transform into a spryly, supple individual.

  • ambrosia says:

    July 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm -

    I think staying fit should be a priority at any age, whether you are 20 or 70. I believe one of the best ways for elderly people to stay active and healthy is swimming. I go to my local swimming pool every other day and see many people in their 70’s and 80’s, moving gracefully through the water and looking very fit. There is even a special chair that can be lowered into the water. But I have never seen anyone use it apart from severely disabled people.

  • SaraQ says:

    July 29, 2014 at 1:00 am -

    Being fit for seniors is extremely important but more important than that is having a proper exercise and management plan for each individual. As knowing each individuals limits and suggesting appropriate exercises accordingly is very crucial, so to reap the benefits of exercise without overburdening their bodies.

  • Diane says:

    July 24, 2015 at 8:39 pm -

    I agree, it’s important to know our limits, so if someone hasn’t been very active in the past, it would be best to check in with a doctor first, to ensure they are healthy enough for exercise, then they can see a professional to learn about what types of activities will be best for them. Another benefit of exercise is confidence. Many middle-aged and elderly start to lose confidence in their abilities as they start to experience some limitations, and especially after an incident such as a fall. It’s important to rebuild confidence, so they don’t simply become dormant, and let their health further decline.

  • GemmaRowlands says:

    July 29, 2015 at 9:50 am -

    I think that it is ridiculously important to be able to get into the habit of exercising as soon as you possibly can. No matter how old you happen to be, or how much exercise you feel that you’re reasonably able to do, the sooner you get into the habit, the sooner you are going to be able to get the benefits of the exercise in question. I know that I started to feel much better physically pretty much as soon as I started exercising, within days really, so it is certain to be the same for you if you put your mind to it.

  • Tipes99 says:

    August 18, 2015 at 3:32 am -

    I think this is a helpful article. It sets the bases of what one need to do if they wanted to start having a fit and healthy life. I’m for sure I’ll be sharing this with my grandma because I love her and I want her to stay fit. Also, I think it also not just the seniors that has to put in effort – that is definitely a big part of it – but I think it is also the family. I have seen seniors that were not paid much attention to and they become a little bitter and less motivated to make themselves feel better. So, I think other than a plan seniors also needs the love and encouragement from their family. That way they are staying fit physically and emotionally.

  • Celerian says:

    October 4, 2015 at 8:51 pm -

    This is such a helpful article. Remember to give your loved ones love and encouragement in this so they feel like they are not alone!

  • Celerian says:

    October 4, 2015 at 8:53 pm -

    So important to keep exercising throughout your life and this article explains it well. Well done author!

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