Safe exercise for older adults

It’s essential to keep physically fit. In addition to helping ward off serious illnesses, frequent exercise can keep you mobile, boost energy and improve your mood.

That being said, it can sometimes be difficult for older adults to find the time and motivation to keep up an exercise regimen. Here is some general advice on how you can strive for healthy living

How often should you exercise?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, older adults have a number of different styles of exercise from which to choose. However, the type of exercise in which you participate will dictate how much time you should spend working out.

Older adults who prefer moderate aerobic activity, such as taking a walk or gentle aerobic classes, should aim to carry out such activities for two and a half hours every week and couple that with muscle-strengthening activities two or more days a week.

Is it safe?
You may feel you are too old or frail to exercise, or that participating in a workout will increase your odds of falling and suffering an injury. However, the opposite is actually true – working out regularly improves balance, which means may be more mobile and less likely to take a fall.

There are also many forms of exercise which can reduce the likelihood of injury. For example, you may prefer biking to jogging, as it will have less of an impact on joints and bones.

Some private health insurance plans cover exercise classes, such as yoga or pilates, or will provide rebates for gym memberships, allowing older adults to enrol in senior-friendly exercise classes. 

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