You may think that physical exercise for seniors over 65 years old may not be a good idea. However it is very important, safe and beneficial for elderly people to exercise regularly. The advantages, which include improving the immune system, chronic disease and mood, far outweigh the risks.
Benefits of Exercise
- Medical conditions are improved such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer.
- Health advantages such as improvements in osteoporosis, lipid profile, neuro-cognitive function, immune function, bone density, gastrointestinal function and osteoarthritis.
- Improvements to balance and reach.
Types of Exercise
If a senior is lacking in endurance, aerobic exercise on a regular basis can be tough. In many care homes and centres, nursing jobs in Worthing and nationwide can include different types of exercise classes for different ranges of ability. A regular exercise regime should include:
- Strength and resistance – Repetitive strength and resistance training will build muscle and should be done several times a week. This type of training improves balance and prevents the loss of bone mass.
- Aerobic and endurance – Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes a day of aerobic or endurance exercise for seniors. Exercise such as jogging or cycling should increase the breathing and get the heart rate up to improve the ability of oxygen and nutrients delivery in the body.
- Stretching and Flexibility – This part is important to gradually warm up and cool down the muscles. It also maintains flexibility, reduces muscles soreness or stiffness, and prevents many types of injury.