Older Is Wiser | The Women’s Guide to Staying Fit in Old Age
The Women’s Guide to Staying Fit in Old Age
Posted on: 15 April 2015 by Pano Savvidis
Are you looking for the fountain of youth?
The older you get, the more important that exercise becomes; as it can help you stay healthy, energetic and independent. Sadly, without working regular hours, many elderly people largely live passive lifestyle, and many adults aged 65 or over spend 10 hours or more each day sitting or lying down, which leads to health implications. In this post we look at the importance of exercise as well as simple ways you can get active without too much strain.
The Benefits of Exercise in Old Age
There are obviously numerous health benefits to exercising regularly at all ages, but it is arguably even more important in old age, especially if you’re keen on maintaining your independence. Research shows that regular exercise (that isn’t necessarily particularly strenuous) can lower the risk of heart disease, some cancer, depression and dementia. In addition to this, keeping active will also help you stay independent, as you won’t lose energy as quickly.
It really is that simple.
What Type of Exercise Counts?
Of course, as you get older, you’ll be less inclined and less able to do heavy exercise. You can still go to the gym if you like, but it isn’t essential at all, and you can avoid it entirely if you’re self-conscious or looking to save money, as you can do anything that means you’re mobile and shortening you’re 10 hours or more of immobility.
Over the course of a week, it is advised that you do 150 minutes of moderate to intense activity, which is only 20 minutes per day. However, chores and housework don’t count towards this time as they do not push your heart rate enough. But, here are a couple of ideas of great activities to try:
Walking rather than taking the car: Something as simple as going on a short walk is excellent for getting your heartrate going without over exerting yourself. These walks don’t have to be lengthy, and you can substitute them for short car journeys.
If walking is something that you really enjoy, then you can lengthen the exercise and go for a long country walk. Just make sure you get the right equipment before you do to ensure you have correct support. Somewhere like E Outdoor can help if you’re struggling.
Swimming: If you have problems with joints then swimming is possibly your best option. Plus, you’ll only have to do 10 minutes or 10 lengths, so you won’t have to sacrifice much time if you’re busy.
Doubles tennis: If you’ve always loved sports but struggle to keep up with the speed, then there’s always the option to make it easier, and even more social. Tennis is a good example of this. By playing doubles rather than singles you can remain active while easing the amount of activity, ensuring it isn’t too strenuous.