Everyone would like to remain healthy, mobile and independent, even or especially during one’s senior years. To achieve this goal, there are a few activities that should be done on a regular basis, which are highly recommended by all who are professionally involve with these age groups.
Yes. Stretching will prepare your muscles and connecting tissues for the next stage of the activity program viz. Balance and Exercise. Within a very short space of time, you will feel the increased freedom of movement, which will obviously allow you to be more active during your senior years. Stretching exercises will also improve your endurance or strength but not to the extent that is required if you do not include Strength and Endurance activities as well.
Balance training will start off by teaching you how to use and move your body safely whilst using less energy. There are millions of admissions for broken hips each year, which could have been prevented by learning to move safer. You will become familiar with what is commonly known as CORE Conditioning, which is used universally whether it is for professional sport or sedentary living.
Muscle strengthening exercises will build even older adult muscles, improve tone and strength, and will increase your metabolism which helps to keep your overall weight in the right ratios between levels of fat and muscle, whilst also keeping your blood sugar in check. The in-thing in every Retirement Home is a well-equipped fitness room.
Endurance (Aerobic) exercises include activities such as walking, jogging, swimming and biking, which increase your heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time. Build up your endurance level gradually, starting with as little as 5 minutes of endurance activities at a time.