Exercise for Seniors / Golden Oldies

Many people over the age of 50 think that they are too old or frail to exercise. Staying active, throughout our lives, will help us achieve a positive outlook, during our older years, along with living a fuller life in our youth. Remember it is never too late to take care of yourself.

Changes associated with ageing:

  • A decrease in strength, cardiovascular capacity, metabolic rate, flexibility and reaction time.
  • Higher risk of osteoporosis, especially in menopausal women.
  • Connective tissue shortens, resulting in less stability and mobility.
  • Leg speed, length of stride is reduced.
  • Sense of touch and pain sensitivity may be impaired and make us unaware when we exert too much pressure on a vulnerable joint.

It's possible to prevent perhaps as much as 50 % of functional decline by participating in regular exercise.

There are many benefits from physical activity, both physical and psychological.

Benefits associated with regular physical activity:

  • Slowing the ageing process to help you look and feel better.
  • Increase both your stamina and energy levels.
  • Increases the efficiency of your heart and lungs thus protecting against coronary heart disease.
  • Improved muscle tone, endurance and strength.
  • Prevents joints, tendons, and ligaments stiffing up, promoting a greater range of movement.
  • Strengthen your bones to fight against osteoporosis especially for women.
  • Improves your sense of balance and agility, reducing the risks of injuries associated from falls or slips, (especially in cold weather).
  • Decreases your blood pressure both systolic and diastolic and also resting heart rate.

Psychological benefits of physical activity include:

  • Improved self-image, and confidence.
  • Decreased stress and tension levels with the release of bodily hormones.
  • An overall sense of well being and achievement.

The following pages will give further advice for taking your first steps into a healthier fitter you.

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