Happy National Senior Health and Fitness Day #RIPPEDFamily! We all know there are endless benefits to working out and that keeping your body moving can prevent certain health conditions later in life. It’s never too late to start moving your body. Even if you’re well beyond your 50’s or 60’s, exercise still has its benefits that your body can enjoy. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor before beginning your exercise regimen, just in case there are a few restrictions you need to know about.
Benefits of Exercise in Older Adults
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that come along after you get moving:
Gained strength: Enjoy stronger muscles and nerves that help you lift and carry things.
Energy booster: Overtime your body won’t have to work as hard to breathe and function because it’s getting stronger, so you’ll have more energy.
Stronger immune system: A strengthened body can help build a stronger immune system to fight off sickness and diseases.
Improved posture: The strength in your muscles and bones help with your balance and makes it easier to maintain good posture.
Alleviate stress and Improve mood: Working out can release stress from your body and enhance your mood overall—especially when it’s a continuous routine.
Healthy Habits in Seniors
Start slow: You don’t want to start off full speed on the treadmill, but rather a walk around your neighborhood. Allow your body time to warm up to your new exercise regimen and gradually pick up the pace.
Be Patient: It’s okay if you get a little sore the first few times. Your strength and endurance should improve over time.
Listen to Your Body: If you’re feeling more than a little achy and sore after the first couple of gym visits, you may be overdoing it. Attend a class with modifications for different fitness levels instead. This will help you keep up with a workout that your body can handle. Just ask 73-year-old Ron Stucki who endured several heart attacks—that’s one of his favorite aspects of his R.I.P.P.E.D. class.
Attend Your Regular Check-ups: Depending on pre-existing health conditions recommended doctor visits might vary. Be sure to check in with your doctor to see how often you should be going in and stick to their recommendation to health maintain your health.
Feed Your Body With Nutrients: In order to get the most out of your workout it’s important a well-balanced diet is essential. Feed your body with a variety of nutrients to fuel your workouts and help your energy levels. And don’t forget to stay hydrated, always. Our Diet and Nutrition Center has plenty of advice and recipes to help you create well-balanced meals.
If you know an older adult that would love to start making healthier decisions in their life, invite them to take the first step at a R.I.P.P.E.D. class!