Tips on how to live a healthy life even when you are old


Doctors and health experts have been at the forefront to urge older adults to workout every day due to the numerous benefits associated with working out. Ageing is a process every one of us will go through, but we need to ensure we maintain a healthy lifestyle as we go through the process. By doing so, we are assured of living a life minimal of diseases such as diabetes or osteoporosis and being able to maintain our balance as well as independence. Just because you are old doesn’t mean you start relying on people to help you in everything even the basic things such as tying your shoelaces. All this can be avoided with regular exercise as working out makes your string, boosts your mood, fight depression and help maintain your stability.

The CDC (Centers for disease control and prevention), a normal adult aged 65 years and above should undertake at least three hours of moderate intensity workouts every week or a one and half hour of high-intensity exercises. If by any chance you feel like these amounts are counting to you, keep in mind that any aerobic activity that keeps your heartbeat running counts even if it’s just a brisk walk. Apart from aerobic exercises, you have to do strength building exercises at least twice every week as this will help stimulate and build your muscles. You can opt to lift weights, do daily activities such as yard work, and do push-ups or low-activities such as yoga. If you’re looking for a place to start, here are some of the exercises you can undertake to ensure your body is fully energized.

Easy aerobic exercises

If it’s your first time, you can start with exercising for ten minutes every day and as you progress to build up to thirty minutes. You should be in a position of talking despite breathing harder.

Some of the exercises you can do include swimming and water aerobics, dancing, climbing stairs, bike riding or working in your storage area. Moreover, things, like walking your dog in your neighborhood or playing with your grandchildren, can also help keep you healthy.

Simple strength exercises

You can begin working out twice a week and with time build up to working every day. Doing this will help you safeguard strength sessions thus assuring you of gaining more strength. Many people tend to think that the only way you can earn more strength is by going to the gym. This, however, is not accurate as there various ways you can build up your strength even without going to the gym. For starters, you can opt to buy dumbbells or small hand weights in a local supermarket. If this is not up to your preference, you can use heavier canned items present in your pantry. Whichever mode you choose, always ensure you work both your upper and lower body muscles. Secondly, you can begin participating in intense outdoor activities such as digging holes. You can also try out yoga moves while in your home to help strengthen your stability and flexibility.


-Written by Barbara Ann Ailstock

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