Age doesn’t matter when it comes to exercise and strength. And why should it? In fact, the older you are, the more you benefit by being active.
You’ll stay strong with strength exercises, limber with flexibility exercises, prevent falls with balance exercises and have more energy with endurance exercises. And how can you beat those benefits?
Our tendency at any age is to use minor aches and pains as a reason to take it easy, to sit longer. But what we really need is to use our aches and pains, not as excuses, but as motivation. As our reason to keep moving. Strength is the first type of exercise that we tend to dismiss, thinking that we are too old or too tired or it’s too late for us. But there is more to strength exercises than being a body builder. Read on to see what I mean.
Here are a few things to keep in mind (click on any of these 6 tips to read more)…
|3. Don’t hold your breath during strength exercises.|
|4. Stay Safe! Use Proper Form While Strength Training|
Regular physical activity is very important to the health and abilities of older people. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they’ve aged. It’s usually because they’re not active.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.
All good reasons to maintain and even improve your strength with strength exercises!
Tracking your progress is important as you’ll want to build on your successes. We’ve formatted the NIH journal for printing – simply click on the download button below and print however many pages you need. You can plan for a week, or several weeks at a time!
– tap the name of an exercise to see and print individual exercises.
|Seated Row with Resistance Band|
|Arm Curl with Resistance Band|
|Side Leg Raise|
Visit our Senior Fitness Exercise page – we are always adding new printable exercises!
Thank you for visiting with us. Wishing you the very best of health!
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Source: Thanks to the National Institute of Health for their contributions.