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Exercise Improves Quality of Life in Seniors

By Joshua C Kozak Subscribe to RSS | July 7th 2012 | Views:
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Today there is a misbelief that seniors can't exercise and do other routines because their bodies can't perform like they use to. The misbelief has been drastically changed in the elderly populations because they aren't ready to give up on an active life which results in them living longer. Whatsoever, there is still a stereotype that remains but eventually it will deteriorate.

So the question is if the elderly can maintain staying fit and an active lifestyle, what can they do to keep safe? The secret is to make an “action” plan that uses the resources of a physician that uses the elderly person's likes and interests to maximize their options.

Aerobic exercises are effective for muscle tone and it burns fat. Greater blood circulation and lower blood pressure are just a few effects that aerobic exercises has on your body; increased lung capacity through stronger respiratory muscles; a stronger heart, it raises the pumping efficiency and it drops your resting heart rate; higher red blood cell amount, which relays oxygen easier throughout your whole body; and a lower chance of cardiovascular disease. Examples of aerobic exercises for seniors include running, cycling, and walking, swimming, walking on a treadmill, or riding an exercise bike.

In order to improve flexibility, it's necessary that you incorporate stretching and relaxing exercises. Intertwining a exercising program routine will result in: lower amount of pain and soreness post-completion of exercises; better circulation, posture, and range of motion; better ability to relax; and decreased muscle tension. Calves, lower back, hamstrings, hips, and quadriceps receives great benefit from stretching. Relaxation techniques include meditation and self-hypnosis, imagery, yoga, Tai Chi, and listening to relaxation tapes while exercising. These techniques are very useful for lowering heart rate and blood pressure, and reducing stress and tension.

Strength training exercises include weights or another form of resistance to increase someone's strength and endurance. Strength training also retains the amount of bone and can help keep your weight from fluctuating. Strength training positives include: improvement in range of motion and strength in ligaments and tendons; increased muscular strength; increased lean muscle mass and reduced body fat; decreases in resting diastolic and systolic blood pressure; improvement in insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance; and positive changes in blood cholesterol.

These exercises are great and effective for the elderly staying in shape and maintaining a sufficient fitness level. But it is extremely vital to speak with a doctor or physician before partaking in exercise so that injury is prevented. Furthermore, provide ample moral support and uplifting feedback so the seniors can feel accomplished and reach their goals.

Joshua C Kozak - About Author:
About the Author: Joshua “Coach” Kozak has been a fixture in the world of health and fitness for over 10 years. New easy exercises to get you in shape and exercise teenagers

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