As we age, our bodies start to go through physical changes. We lose flexibility and range of motion, and some older adults start to deal with pain from certain chronic conditions, such as arthritis or osteoporosis. Plus, by the time adults enter their forties, they start losing around three-to-five percent of their muscle mass with each subsequent decade of life. Alongside the loss of muscle mass as we age, the Mayo Clinic has discovered that over half of Americans are spending six or more hours sitting a day. This type of sedentary lifestyle is leading to more cases of conditions such as diabetes, physical disabilities and cognitive decline.
Staying physically active is important at any stage of life, but for older adults, exercise offers even more long-term health benefits. A routine, daily senior exercise program helps you feel more energetic, lessens pain symptoms, decreases risk of falls and can even improve mood and mental capacity.
It’s never too late to get active! The key is to find an activity you enjoy doing that is easy to maintain, and then incorporating it into an exercise routine. It is recommended to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, either all at once or broken into smaller increments of time. Whether you are looking to increase your strength, improve your mobility, or simply just want to stay active, there are a variety of senior exercise programs to choose from. It’s up to you!
Before beginning any exercise program, you should consult your doctor to make sure you have the clearance to get started. Here are some of the benefits from various senior exercise programs:
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