We all know the general importance of daily exercise in our lives. It’s one of the single most important activities that will keep us healthy and strong, besides nutrition and sleep. Luckily, we live in a time where there’s an emphasis by the popular media and most everybody on the importance of exercise, and so more and more people decide to engage in this life-changing habit.
But what happens with the elderly people? Namely, there are many misconceptions about exercising in old age. “Expert opinions” ranging from the thought that exercise is harmful for older people, to the thought that old people can’t exercise properly in and of themselves are pervasive among the people.
It’s very important to dispel these notions. Exercise for old people is not only important in and of itself, but it’s even more important for old people to keep their body alive and healthy by exercising frequent enough.
The sad truth is that many people have engaged in their youth in practices that aren’t conducive to having a healthy and powerful body. Perhaps they were smoking cigarettes, or drinking a lot, or leading a sedentary lifestyle. This will have bad repercussions on their physical condition later on in life. Conversely if those same people had led a life of healthy habits, then they would have been healthy in old age.
This difference is important, as healthy and vital elderly people are much more likely to easily engage in the frequent practice of exercise, as compared to unhealthy elderly people. But not to worry though, with sufficient incentive and willpower, anyone can change.
What’s important is to constantly remind yourself, if you’re a senior citizen, that exercise can improve the quality of your life dramatically. From improving of the body coordination, to mobility, to feeling more energetic, strong, and powerful. It will improve your metabolism and the strength of your muscles, joints, and cardiovascular system. This is not something that should be taken lightly, as the improving of a single of these parts can mean a drastic change in one’s quality of life, as well as the longevity.
You need to be aware though that strenuous exercise may not be appropriate for certain elderly people. The best course of action would be to consult a physician and follow his advice on the theme of exercise. And only exercise if you feel invigorated by it. If you feel drowsy, lightheaded, or if you faint, then discontinue immediately and consult your doctor.
With an adequate exercise program you too, as an elderly person, can improve your strength and endurance, and the overall quality of your life.