Senior Exercise: The Foundation for Healthy Aging
Exercising regularly is the best way for seniors to reverse the signs of aging and prevent many of the health complications often associated with getting older, such as a heart attack, stroke, and falling.
Exercise is also important for improving basic strength and endurance. Appropriate, low intensity daily exercise is not only safe for seniors, it is vital to enjoying a long, independent, and healthy life. Staying active consistently helps to prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke by improving blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Individuals who incorporate exercise into their fitness program for chronic diseases have better outcomes than patients who aren’t physically active. Personal training with a qualified personal trainer with appropriate academic credentials and significant experience is a safe an effective way to include fitness as a priority in your life.
There is no typical older person, but there is typical disease and dysfunction. Physically aging is loosely associated with chronological age and significantly associated with lifestyle. We are regularly living into our eighties and nineties, but not necessarily living better. As individuals live longer, they are living longer with heart disease, diabetes, depression, dysfunctional bodies, and other chronic aches and disease. We are living longer but maybe not better.
Older adults who are more active in their middle age and early senior years are more likely to avoid or delay these conditions and better shape the landscape of their aging life and experience a better quality of life during their senior years.
Excel at life rather than persevere through it
Genetics certainly has a role to play when it comes to aerobic fitness and aerobic capacity, but it’s up to us to really take control of it. We don’t have to accept the old paradigm that aging well depends on luck and coincidence. We don’t have to be spectators at life. By middle age, our fitness depends mostly on physical activity. Being active and being active consistently and exercising during midlife, especially if you haven’t been, can dramatically influence your quality of life later in life.
Chronic disease is perhaps the most impactful threat to later in life quality of life. It is not too late to start. Peak fitness does not have to be the immediate short term goal. There is greater potential in staving off chronic physical disease and related health benefits for those who move from an inactive category to an active category, than there is from improving to a high fitness category from a moderate fitness category.
Moving out of the least-fit category requires the correct physical assessment and appropriate program design prescription and the right guidance pertaining to exercise. Seeking the guidance of a qualified health professional at FIT means working with a trainer with the legitimate and appropriate academic credentials and training and with years of experience. You can make the choice to be vibrant and active and independent.