Most seniors fear exercise since there are many myths and false conceptions about seniors and exercising. What is right and what is wrong? Would it be right for their body? If you want to have a healthy life then forget about those debilitating thoughts right now!
Myth #1: Exercise is a chore.
Fact: This is our mind telling us that it is a chore. If you keep on telling yourself, that exercise is a chore then it is going to be like one. What you should do is to pick an exercise you like doing. Some of the exercises that you could try are gardening, walking through the mall, and playing with your grandchildren or house cleaning.
Myth 2: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.
Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you to feel better about everything. An active lifestyle keeps you away from acquiring Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.
Myth 3: I’ve never been coordinated. Exercise is not for me.
Fact: Do not ever think that exercise is just for athletes. Exercise varies from simple to the most complex method. Just pick the one that will best work for you.
Myth 4: I’m afraid I’m going to fall if I try to exercise.
Fact: Exercise helps build strength and stamina. Strenght and stamina helps to support your body; thus the risk of falling is lessen.
What if I am frail or physically unable to exercise?
Most elder do not like to exercise because they feel weak or they have diseases or disabilities. They believe that exercise would just put too much stress on their body.
The key to exercise lies with the level of activity that you do. Moderate physical activity is ideal for people of all ages and all levels of physical ability. Try to move since the body was built to move. If you were injured, just adjust the level of activity that you do. You do not need to dismiss exercise entirely.
Preparations to Make Beforehand
The first thing that you should do, if you want to engage on some exercise regiment is to consult with your doctor. There are Older Adult Fitness Specialists or Personal Trainer for seniors that can help you in improving your body. With their help, you can learn activities and exercises that will improve your mobility and reduce weakness.