The following is an article written for Miami Total Fitness by guest writer Chris Palmer.
Due to aging, elderly people have their body deteriorating faster than they would want. There are certain problems and disease which are generally caused due to inactivity. The right kind of exercises and training can help your elder keep them at bay. I’m going to explain five major health issues that can be cured simply by exercise and physical movement.
- Feeling Tired and Weary:
Your elders when they age might start complaining that they feel tired and weary relatively quicker than before. It might even frustrate them. In this case, a 30 minutes exercise routine comprised of aerobic/endurance exercises would help them fix this in no time. It is recommended to do three 10 minute sets of exercise that get their heart rate up. For elderly people, walking and swimming would be perfect. These exercises will help your elder’s body deliver oxygen to all the body tissues more effectively. And in no time, you will see the difference in their energies.
- Brittle Bones – Risk of Osteoporosis:
Another problem aging people suffer from is weakening bones and a lowered bone mass. Of course one way of preventing this is resorting to diet. But you can also prevent it by the right kind of exercises which in this case is strength-training. In this kind of training you use repetitive motions generally referred to as reps with either added weights or simply incorporate body-weight exercise in your routine such as planks. The best part is – you only need to do it three times a week, at max, to keep your bones from deteriorating.
- Preventing Worse Effects of Exercise:
Ill-planned exercise plans that are not suitable for your elder can cause more damage than do any good to their health. Similarly, switching to workouts right away would cause strain in muscles and they might even end up hurting a tendon. It is vital to ensure they do appropriate stretching motions before they begin with exercises. Similarly, post-exercise stretching helps with gradually cooling down the muscles before you rush into your routine.
- Disturbed Mental Health:
A major health problem suffered by elderly people is messed up mental health. You might even notice symptoms of diseases like dementia appearing if they have very restrictive physical movement and even a little activity everyday can help cure it effectively. You can get them started on Pilates or a fun Zumba class. Tai Chi incorporates balance exercises that help attain balance and have a very good effect on the brain.
- Emotional Health:
Our emotions are mainly controlled by our hormones. And exercise helps alleviate greatly by reducing the amounts of cortisol we release. Cortisol is a stress hormone. It can lead to accumulation of fat in the mid-section. And visceral fat is the leading cause of all diseases. Exercises like Yoga can prove very helpful for people with elevated stress levels.
These are some ways in which elderly fitness problems can be managed and maintained. I hope the information can be helpful to you! Good luck!
This article was written by Chris Palmer who regularly shares advice on elderly care. In particular, dementia and supporting your elderly parent. You can find more by Chris on: https://www.agespace.org/.