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Exercising As You Age: Benefits And Methods

A new study performed by Professor Debra Anderson of the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, has provided insight into how effective exercising can be for health in older people, particularly women. The study was published in the international journal of midlife health and beyond, and shows that high intensity exercise can reduce risks of death in people over the age of 50. Professor Debra Anderson is quoted by Medical News Today as stating that:

Studies clearly show moderate to vigorous intensity activity can have mental and physical health benefits, particularly when part of broader positive health changes.

Benefits of these types of high energy training include a significant decrease in heart related illnesses and blood pressure related issues. The exercise assists in lowering stress levels, strengthening the cardiovascular system, and has even shown signs of preventing the aging of bones and muscle tissues.

Learning To Work Up A Sweat Safely

As your body gets older it can be more difficult to perform some of the tasks that you had no trouble performing in your youth. Although you may not be able to do things exactly as you used to, there’s no reason to cut them out of your life completely or give up on the activities that you enjoy. Usually, people in their early 50’s and even early 60’s will have an easier time exercising than those later in their years. However, weight and other health issues can also affect your level of exercise. For those who have trouble performing high intensity training, there are ways to insert a greater rate of intensity into your routine without such a high impact on your joints.

Interval Training

Training in intervals is a good way to give your body an intense workout without straining your muscles or joints. During these exercises you give your all for short periods of time, so that you’re blasting away calories and building muscle and then giving your body the break that it requires to continue before building up the intensity level again and again. Amy Ashmore of ideafit.com says:

Interval training is one of the most effective ways to exercise at a high enough intensity to significantly increase oxygen demands and ultimately slow aging.

You can perform interval training at a gym with a personal trainer or at home if you’ve got an elliptical or stationary bicycle. You can also utilize interval training in outdoor activities like running in the park.

Swimming For Fitness

Swimming is a relatively low impact workout due to the feeling of weightlessness that water gives your body. One thing that many people don’t realize about swimming, however, is that it may not strain the joints as much as speed walking or jogging does, but it gives you a much more intense workout due to the resistance level of the water. There are other benefits associated with swimming that seniors can take advantage of; the National Swimming Pool Foundation reports:

Studies show that swimming and other exercises can relieve stress and improve mood levels. Furthermore, swimming in public pools or with friends and family creates situations for older adults to be social and avoid feelings of isolation or loneliness.

There are many swimming classes designed specifically for seniors as senior health becomes more and more popular in the medical community and people begin to realize how necessary it is to the prevention of early death and various disorders and physical issues.

Even seniors with injuries or chronic illnesses can benefit from exercise, although they may need to adjust their workouts to suit their needs. Lower impact exercises can be used, or the above mentioned interval training can be custom tailored to a specific injury so that a sore knee or strained shoulder aren’t overworked.

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