Keeping active is key to healthier ageing and can be incorporated easily with these tips
We all know that exercise is an important part of life and this doesn’t change with age, although what we are physically able to do may alter depending on your mobility. Although, that said, there are also exercises you can do to improve mobility.
The great thing about exercise is that it’s easy to do, it’s free, you can do little and often and the health benefits are vast, some of which are;
- Boosts self esteem
- Lowers risks of chronic illness including dementia
- Enhances your quality of sleep
- Reduces the risk of stress, depression, and anxiety
It is recommended that people who are over the age of 65 should do about 150 minutes of exercise a week; two and a half hours. Break this down into a daily amount and it’s as simple as doing something for about half an hour a day over five days with two days rest! You could even break this up into two, fifteen minute sessions a day; one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.
This could consist of a daily walk or a ramble with the local rambling club. Cycling is good, especially if there are friends to cycle with and include a (healthy) picnic.
Swimming is a great way to exercise too, it can help with all kinds of physio problems as the weight of your body is buoyant in the water, and you exercise more muscles than you realise. Most community swimming pools hold over 65’s exercise sessions, you can contact your local council to find out more.
Dancing can be a really engaging and fun way to get your exercise time in, plus you get to meet new people and learn some new moves!
If your elderly relative is more frail, then some balance and strength training can do the world of good. Physically frail elderly people can see their mobility improved if they regularly train in balance and strength. Even if you, or your relative is not yet frail, then now is a good time to build into your life some balance and strength training like Yoga or Pilates.
Yoga for improving strength, circulation and bone density
Yoga is a nice, calm and relaxing method to improve balance and strength. Yoga means Unity. It is about bringing mind and body together, it can help bring an anxious or depressed person back into their body thus creating more of a sense of unity and wellbeing. Yoga can have meditative elements included and be as simple, or as complex as you wish to make it. You don’t need to be a spring chicken to start Yoga, anyone can start, and at any age.
It can also help to preserve your muscles and bone density as you get older. It improves the circulation which in turn can help to keep a healthy heart and brain.
You can usually find a local Yoga class, or sessions being held ina community hall, school or health club, this can also help your relative to meet new people in the community. Yoga can help to keep you mentally and physically healthy, plus it can prevent falls as strength and balance is built up, along with confidence. It also helps to reduce all those aches and pains we get as we get older, especially arthritis.
If you have a relative you feel may benefit from assistance to get exercise, this is something that our home care workers can help to arrange.