With old age often comes a change in lifestyle and consequently, priorities. This is usually as a result of a myriad of factors such as health complications, the fear of falling or weight problems. At this stage in life, most seniors overlook the vast benefits that regular exercising has to offer. The truth however remains that the older you grow, the more important it is for your health that you exercise.
For the elderly, exercising can help improve your heart condition, increase your energy as well as help with wealth problems. Consistent exercising also does wonders for keeping your memory sharp, maintaining a sound mind and keeping you in a good mood. The various mental health benefits of working out regularly include, helping you get quality sleep and improving your level of self-confidence. It has also been proven to increase the level of positive brain activity. So you see, it is very important you take that bold step and tap into the numerous merits of working out as soon as possible.
As always, the first step is changing your mindset towards exercising. This means getting rid of notions like,
- Exercising is for the young and strong. Exercising is for anyone and everyone. What’s more, it can even help improve conditions like diabetes, dementia and hypertension, to mention a few.
- Working out is a surefire way to get injured. This is in fact the other way around. Regular exercising keeps your body lean and strong.
- Exercising is too frustrating. Working out might be a bit challenging at first. In the end though, it helps increase your performance levels and helps you live a better lifestyle.
- You’re too old and weak to start working out now. Age isn’t a barrier to exercising. As a matter of fact, older people are the ones who tend to enjoy the benefits of exercising the most.
So how do you build an exercise and fitness regime tailored just for you?
The secret to doing this is making sure that your fitness regime is purely comprised of activities that you love to do. However, make sure that the activities you do choose centers on the four basic principles of fitness which are, flexibility exercises, strength exercises, balance and cardiovascular exercise. This way, the workout regimes don’t seem like a chore and you can genuinely put in some effort. Some general exercise activities you can adopt include:
- Simple yoga
- Taking leisurely strolls
Starting out might be difficult but the real challenge is maintaining that pace. It’s important to stay upbeat and motivated throughout your workout sessions. Below are a few simple ways you can do this:
- Set realistic milestones
- Track all your exercise activities
- After every workout session, don’t shy away from rewarding yourself for a job well done
- Be sure to involve friends and family in this process. That way, they can offer you the much-needed morale and support whenever you’re feeling discouraged.