How Much Should A Senior Exercise?

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Did you know that regular exercise helps older adults prevent potential health issues? It can also help older adults stay independent and extend their lives!

There are two types of physical activity that are important for seniors- aerobic exercises and muscle-strengthening exercises. Less than a third of adult 65 and older in the US are getting enough physical activity. The CDC recommends at least 5 days a week of moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes, as well as muscle-strengthening activities for at least two days a week.

Aerobic exercises include walking, jogging, bicycle riding (stationary included), etc.

Why should seniors do aerobic exercises? Aerobic exercises improve blood circulation and help seniors fight cardiovascular conditions and other illnesses. It can also lower your blood pressure, help you sleep, help you breathe, and more! In a nutshell, it’s really good for your heart!

Muscle-strengthening exercises include high intensity interval training (HIIT), lifting weights, resistance bands, sit ups, push ups, squats, etc.

Why should seniors do muscle-strengthening exercises? Muscle-strengthening exercises help reduce age-related muscle loss, promote joint stability and mobility, can help prevent falls, keep your bones strong, and have even been shown to help fight depression and cognitive decline.

Sometimes a health goal can feel overwhelming. It’s best to start small and to slowly increase as you feel ready. Our staff of personal trainers at 55 Fitness can help you with your wellness goals, too! We would be happy to work with you to formulate with a plan for your wellness journey. We are also familiar with modifications and/or enhancements for seniors depending on their individual needs, should you have special considerations.

We have all of the equipment needed for aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises at 55 Fitness! Come try us out!

 

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