It’s never too late to stay fit and healthy, even when we’re at our golden years already.
Why is it important that people exercise in their senior years? We discuss what kinds of exercises seniors should do, and the long-term health benefits that can be gained from staying physically fit as we age. Well, actually, older adults are more enthusiastic about regaining some of their functioning and independence, too. If they can keep walking, for example, then they can keep going to the store and remain independent. So actually it’s a fantastic population to work with. So if they are actually already enthusiastic, one of the things that’s important is to set very achievable goals, to start very slowly, and the guidelines—the national guidelines—are indicating to us that older adults really should do what they can, of course, trying to build up to 30 minutes, for example, moderate intensity walking a day but building up to that very gradually is the main thing. Here are good guides for our elderly on how to properly exercise to stay fit and healthy.
1. Standing Hamstring Stretch
Stand with one of your legs just in front of the other and bend your back knee, resting your weight on the bent knee. Tilt your hips forward.
2. Standing Outer Hip Stretch
Stand with one of your legs stretched behind the other. Lean over to the non-stretching side. With the hip you want to stretch, push your hip out to the other side.
3. Standing Wall Calf Stretch
Standing several feet away from a wall, stagger your stance and place one foot forward. Lean forward and rest your hands on the wall while keeping your heel, hip and head in a straight line. Try to keep your heel on the ground and hold the position for 10-20 seconds. Alternate sides.
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