As we age, it becomes doubly important to stay active. Â Exercise activities help us keep our movement and strength, two components that play a huge role in how active we are. Â To get the most out of exercise, fitness needs to be done in a safe manner. Keep reading for the safety tips you need to know!
Engaging in exercise helps keep the body strong. Â Better heart health is a major benefit of exercise, as are better circulation and lung function. Â Exercise can help lower the risk of developing many health conditions and can aid in management of existing ones. Â An active lifestyle also helps older adults stay independent, giving them the chance to enjoy life to its fullest. Â
Top Exercise Options
As we age, some exercise options are better for our bodies than others. Â Signing up for a CrossFit class may not be the best choice! That said, there are plenty of great exercise activities that will help older adults build muscle and strength, and manage weight. Â Low impact activities such as swimming, yoga, Pilates, or cycling are great choices that promote a healthy cardiovascular system, building endurance, and are just plain fun to do! Bodyweight and resistance-band training help build and keep muscles strong. Â Walking is an activity that does not require a gym membership or any equipment to do, the perfect activity for those on a tight budget. Whatever exercise you choose to do, make sure you enjoy it.
Staying Safe While Getting Fit
Exercise is only beneficial if itâ€™s done safely. Â Before beginning any regular or new exercise activity, check in with your doctor. Â Your doctor can also give you guidance as to how much exercise and what activities are best for you. Â Make sure you warm up your muscles and cool down before you finish. Stretching helps to prevent blood clots and keeps muscles loose. Â Donâ€™t hold your breath while exercising! Breathe deeply and regularly. If you feel any type of pain while working out, stop! See your doctor if the pain continues. Â Drink lots of water while you exercise, and before and after, too. To prevent pulling or straining muscles, practice good posture and correct pose for each activity you do.
Wearing a Medical ID
Owning and wearing a medical ID bracelet or necklace is a smart idea no matter what youâ€™re doing, but especially when exercising. The bracelet can inform medical professionals of Â medical conditions, food and drug allergies, and prescription and emergency contact information. Â If something does happen while youâ€™re exercising, those around you will have the information they need to get you help. Â
First responders are trained to look for medical ID jewelry, and it could save your life in a true emergency situation.
Seniors who live independently and who exercise at home should also look into purchasing an emergency alert system. Â These are most often worn around the neck and have a button to press in case of emergency. Â The device connects you with the companyâ€™s operators, letting you call for help if youâ€™re unable to reach a phone. Â The security an emergency alert system gives you is well worth the price of the service!
A Better, More Healthy Life
The benefits of regular exercise are unparalleled. Â Exercise activities do not need to be strenuous to feel the results. Â Simply walking five days a week will improve your health! To have a high quality of life, especially as we age, exercise is key. Â Improve and keep your strength and movement, and maintain your independence through fitness.
About the author:
By offering high quality custom-engraved medical alert jewelry, American Medical ID supports senior citizens in living their life to the fullest while enjoying independence, safety, and peace of mind. A medical ID can speak for seniors in an emergency and help alert responders of medical conditions and other critical health information.