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EXERCISE TRENDS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS IN 2020

Staying active as we age is an important part of our general health. Something as simple as walking every day can make the difference between quickly declining overall health and feeling great well into our 70s, 80s, and even 90s. But walking isn’t the only activity that can keep you healthy as you near or enjoy retirement. In fact, many seniors are now taking part in activities and using health technologies that people half their age find helpful and invigorating.

Let’s take a look at some of the biggest current health trends among seniors.

Wearable Technology

Whether it’s an expensive Apple Watch or a cheaper but still helpful Fitbit fitness tracker, seniors are using wearable technology to track their heart rate, steps taken, and even to monitor blood pressure and other health-related issues.

Depending on the technology, your saved data can oftentimes be shared with your health practitioner, allowing them to quickly understand your healthy, or unhealthy, habits.

Yoga Is All The Rage Among Seniors

Yoga is an excellent way to workout while providing your body with numerous benefits that help with age. Yoga, when properly managed, can help develop a greater range of motion, flexibility, and strength.

Yoga is also an excellent tool for reducing stress, a common ailment that has been linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure, and various other health-related issues.

Body Balance Classes

Also known as Body Flow, this is a specific form of yoga that integrates Pilates and tai chi. Body Flow is a great way to build and lengthen muscles.

With a focus on your body’s core, you’ll become more flexible while achieving greater overall balance. Classes geared specifically towards seniors will often start by incorporating aides such as chairs and railings which ensure beginners can work towards achieving better balance without as many risks associated with the exercises general practices.

Water-Based Exercises

Water-based exercises are a great way to avoid placing additional strain on your muscles and bones while simultaneously taking part in aerobic exercise. Pool-based activities for seniors range from swimming and pool walking to water aerobics.

Swimming has been showing to reduce the risk of osteoporosis while helping to improve balance and lower stress levels.

If you’re not a fan of the pool but you hope to engage in heavier workout activities at a later time, we would recommend giving this trend a try before moving on to higher impact options that may serve you better with the increased strength and endurance you’ve gained in the water.

Tai Chi Is A Great Way To Get Started

Tai Chi has been growing in popularity among seniors for more than a decade. The meditative practice has been shown to improve core muscles while teaching relaxation techniques that target lowering blood pressure and general stress.

May Tai Chi participants have reported lessened degrees of arthritic pain while practicing Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is also considered a great practice for improving mental acuity and generalized concentration and is often used for patients experiencing cognitive declines both naturally and from conditions such as dementia.

Walking

We fully understand that walking doesn’t have the same trendy appeal as some of the other workouts listed above, however, it’s still one of the most recommended exercises for seniors.

The World Health Organization says older adults should aim for at least 150 minutes of “moderate-intensity” aerobic physical activity per week. The organization suggests performing 300 minutes per week when possibly while adding 150 minutes of “vigorous-intensity aerobic activity” when possible.

The WHO says daily brisk walk has many benefits including the ability to “lower rates of all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, and breast cancer, a higher level of cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness, healthier body mass and composition.”

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