Exercise for seniors can be beneficial for fewer medical interventions and higher levels of independence as the years add up. Older adults who take part in fitness are more mentally acute, suffer fewer falls, are less socially isolated, less prone to depression, and demonstrate a slower rate of biological aging.
6 Tips to Get Seniors Moving
Jordan Deneau, a graduate student from the faculty of Kinesiology at Windsor University, asked 19 active and inactive Canadian men 75 years of age and older what it takes to get them and their peers moving.
The responses to Deneau’s questions fell into seven distinct categories which he packaged into the “ 6 As of Active Aging.”
A lot of seniors have a fixed income, so having a gym membership can seem expensive. Although, there are other options, such as walking, cycling, and swimming, people think that they need a gym to stay fit.
There are different options, such as fitness classes and memberships at local recreation centers. These tend to be less expensive than the gym and some clubs have senior discounts.
Many centers offer fitness classes for seniors, but not everyone is aware of what’s available. This can be solved by communities reaching out to older citizens with a campaign to target senior’s interest and motivate them to exercise. It’s possible to reach out to city hall for a list of recreational activities in the area.
It can be difficult for seniors to get around that have mobility issues. Also, not having a car can make it more difficult to access exercise opportunities. With access to a bus stop or car-pooling it can be easier to get around.
Accessibility to classes and schedules with options for beginners to the more experiences along with plenty of choices in workouts make it more exciting to go.
As people grow older their range of health conditions increase, so workout routines need to take this into consideration. This creates a level of importance for fitness instructors to be knowledgeable about adapting exercises to individuals needs.
Access to a personal trainer can also help older individuals set achievable goals, practice good technique and progress at a rate appropriate for their level of fitness and physical tolerance.
Exercise can be a way to reduce the risk of chronic disease, improving or maintaining the quality of life. The physical and social benefits of regular exercise are better sleep, more energy, greater strength and endurance, improved flexibility, and a greater range of motion.
If a friend is joining for the workout it makes it more fun. Fitness buddies hold each other accountable, turning your possible lazy days into active ones.
Trouble is, finding an exercise buddy isn’t always easy. Fitness clubs and municipal recreation centers should facilitate buddy systems for seniors so they can find a workout partner who shares their interest in getting fit.
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We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact The Victorian today to learn more about our services or tour our community.