Are you one of the 75% of American seniors who do not exercise regularly? For many seniors, there are several perceived barriers preventing them from staying physically active. The most common reasons seniors may be sitting on the sidelines include:
While these are certainly genuine concerns, for most seniors, exercising will provide more benefits than harm. Asking a physician about what exercises are both safe and effective can put seniors on a path of a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Exercising can produce positive results both physically and mentally. Physically, exercise for seniors can improve:
Mental health for seniors is as important, and arguably more so, than physical health. Seniors who engage in a regular fitness program will also reap the mental benefits exercise offers including:
Physicians and therapists continually adapt exercises to meet the needs of all skill levels. This has opened up a world of physical fitness to more seniors than ever before. If you or a loved one is considering starting an exercise program, consult a physician and begin a journey of health and fitness!