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4 Exercises Seniors Should be Doing

By Vicki and Brian Day

Elderly Care in Wind Gap PA

Participating in physical activities is important at any age, but especially for older adults. With age comes a lack of balance and coordination, loss of muscle mass, and reduction of bone density. These common changes to an elderly adult's health can actually be reversed by adding exercise to their daily routine. Not to mention it can also help prevent and treat certain health problems, like diabetes and high blood pressure.

With the approval of their doctor and with assistance if needed, here are four exercises your loved one should start doing as soon as possible.

Strength Training

As your loved one gets older, they are at risk for losing a great deal of their muscle mass. By having less muscle, there is nothing to protect the ones and joints, causing these parts of the body to become weaker. Strength training can reverse this change and will even add muscle mass to the senior's body. To do this, they should start out with 1- to 2-pound weights and do 10 to 15 repetitions in each workout. Tricep extensions, chest presses, and bicep curls are all effective exercises for the elder to begin doing.

Aerobics

Aerobic exercises will get the heart pumping and body sweating in order to but more calories. Your loved one may not see a huge difference right away, but will noticeably become more fit after about six weeks. Low impact exercises are perfect for seniors who are just starting out, like walking, swimming, water aerobics, and cycling. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults should try to get 150 minutes of aerobic exercise a week.

Balance

Falling is a huge problem for older adults, resulting in hospital visits and possible hip fractures. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Reported that about 2.5 million adults over the age of 65 were admitted to the hospital each year as a result of a fall-related injury. Balance exercises take up very little space and can be done with very little space. Yoga is one example of an exercise that will help increase your loved one's balance.

Flexibility

Doing a simple, mundane task like reaching for on item on a high shelf can be difficult for elderly adults with stiff muscles. However, by incorporating more flexibility exercises to their routine, your loved one will become more limber and be able to have more flexible muscles. By doing these types of exercises, your loved one will be able to improve their range of motion.

Source: http://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise-for-seniors#Flexibility5

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