It is very well recognized that no matter how old you are that exercise is very beneficial. What if you happen to be 65 years old or older? That is no reason for you to sop being active. An active lifestyle, in fact, has shown to improve both mental and physical health. So what are the options that are available to you? Going to the gym for getting fit is not your only option. There are many other alternatives available to you that are either free or very inexpensive.
Exercising on a regular basis will help you to reduce the risk of getting chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If you are over the age of 65, we recommend you do about 2 1/2 hours worth of exercising a week. If it’s been awhile since you’ve exercised, don’t worry. We have several gentle options for you to try to help you get started with your exercise program.
“No matter what your fitness level or age is, swimming is a great choice” explains Mark Mathews, an osteopath from Reve Pavilion in Surrey. Find yourself a local swimming pool to use. Whether you prefer a faster pace or leisurely swim, it is the perfect exercise no matter what condition you are in. This is also a very beneficial exercise for anyone with weight-bearing or back issues.
Walking is an outstanding form or exercise, no matter where you happen to live, to enjoy being out in the fresh air and to stay healthy. Ditch the car and take a walk down to your local stores. If you want to have some company with your when you walk, try finding a walking group to join. You might even discover new areas you weren’t familiar with. Walking groups offer a great opportunity for you to meet people and exercise at the very same time. Another form of walk that can be very beneficial if you want to increase your fitness level is power walking.
Maybe you used to go dancing a very long time ago? It’s time to break out those dancing shoes of yours, dust them off, and have fun again. There are so many different styles of dancing to choose from. There are modern styles like Ceroc or Salsa or something more traditional like the waltz. Check out the local community center in your area to see of they classes. It isn’t always necessary to have a partner, and dancing is quite social.
4. Exercise Classes
Just because you are over the age of sixty, doesn’t mean any form of class is off limits to you. From Zumba to toning to relaxation, there will be some kind of class that will interest you and suit your fitness level. If you want a gentler form of exercise, you can build up your core strength by taking a Pilates or yoga class. Contact your local gym or community center to see what classes are available to you that suit your individual interests.
Maybe mountain biking is not your cup of tea. Then again, it might be! Look for a bicycle that you will enjoy riding. Make sure the bike has a comfortable seat and that you sit in an upright position. This is a nice change from driving your car everywhere. It is environmentally friend and you’ll have wind in your hair. If you do decide to buy a bike, be sure it is comfortable.
6. More Gentle Exercise
If you happen to have any physical limitations, there are still options available to you to help keep you moving. We already mentioned swimming, which is a gentle kind of exercise. Chair exercises are another good option. They really help with improving your coordination, balance, strength and mobility. Before starting on any new exercise regimen, be sure to check with your doctor first. If you are experiencing any discomfort or pain stop immediately.