National Senior Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest older adult health and wellness event, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
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Getting fit at any age has many benefits. Seniors report feeling sharper, more energetic, and enjoying a sense of overall wellbeing. Exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, improves mobility, can improve sleep, and benefit digestion and immune systems.
To celebrate National Senior Health & Fitness Day here are four tips to help the seniors in your life get started on a health and fitness plan.
Get Medical Clearance
While it’s always important to get medical clearance before beginning a new exercise plan, it’s especially critical as we advance in age. Seniors should explain their exercise plans to their doctors and ask if any activities that should be avoided.
Start Slow and Build Up
For many seniors, it’s been a while since they’ve engaged in a regular exercise plan. Starting off with light and short workouts will help build a base level of fitness that can improve over time. Aim for 10-15 minutes 2-3 times per week for the first few weeks. Increase time each week after that until you can work out comfortably for 30-45 minutes at a time.
Commit to a Schedule
With exercise, it’s no good if you only do it once. Seniors should commit to a schedule of at least two sessions per week. More active seniors can aim for 4-5 times per week. Rest is essential, and at least two days each week should be rest days with no exercise.
Keep a Log
Watching yourself progress over time is incredibly satisfying. With exercise that can mean increasing weights in a weight lifting program, or walking longer or taking more challenging aerobics classes. With a logbook, seniors can see the progress their making and work toward more challenging goals!
Senior health and fitness are important. With these tips, you can help the seniors in your life live better, more fulfilling lives by focusing on exercise and committing a plan to get more fit.
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