Five Myths About Seniors and Exercise
When you were growing up, maybe your parents, other adults, or an older sibling said you were too young for some things. Now, you may be telling yourself that you’re too old for some things. Sometimes seniors tell themselves they are too old to exercise, and that couldn’t be further from the truth! Regular physical activity could help you live a happier, healthier life. Here are five common myths about seniors and exercise, and ways you can prove them wrong,
You’re just too old.
You don’t have to be 22 to enjoy the benefits of physical activity. Even if you move a little slower, it’s important to incorporate physical activity as part of your daily routine as you age. You may be surprised what qualifies as moderate exercise or physical activity. It can be as simple as gardening or walking around the block!
It’s not safe for older folks to exercise.
It’s easy to think that if you try to exercise, you’re just going to wind up getting injured. The truth is that there are plenty of ways to be physically active that are safe and easy. In fact, being inactive is probably more risky to your health! Walking, lifting light weights or stretching are examples of exercises that will get you started, and a little bit of exercise can go a long way. You don’t have to risk injury with difficult or rigorous activities to enjoy the health benefits of an exercise program.
I’m too old for it to do me any good.
Sometimes the benefits of exercise are difficult for us to see, especially as we age. Even just stretching or yoga can increase your flexibility and stability, reducing your chances of a fall. Not only can you enjoy physical benefits of cardiovascular, strength training or other exercise, but being active can improve your mood and self-esteem as well.
Creating an exercise program is too hard for someone my age.
You may think that getting older means that your exercise options are limited. No matter how old you are, or if you have a disability, you still have a variety of options for aerobic or strength training exercise! Your health care provider can help you develop a safe and effective exercise program tailored to your needs. Swimming, biking, yoga, weightlifting, water aerobics, hand biking, tai chi, are just a few in the long list of activities you could choose for your exercise routine.
Exercising is good at any age. You can, and you should! Try getting in the habit of exercising at least three times a week, for 30 minutes. The benefits you enjoy from a well-planned exercise routine can help your physical and emotional health. We have experience with finding ways to help seniors keep moving as part of our in-home care services. For more tips like these, like us on Facebook!