Exercise and fitness are important for people of all ages, but senior citizens achieve greater and more crucial benefits from an active lifestyle than any other age group. As people age, their ability to fight off diseases and afflictions lessens, and a well balanced diet and regular exercise are absolutely essential for staying healthy. A younger individual has a more resilient body and physiology to automatically protect and defend against afflictions, so as we age, we have to work harder to maintain our ability to stay healthy.
Many seniors feel that they do not have energy or endurance to do an effective, full workout. However, there are many senior exercises geared towards mature adults. You do not have to run 5 miles and bench press 100 pounds in order to get an effective workout. Senior exercise is tailored to fit within the abilities of the individual and takes into account their limitations and the things that need to work on the most in order to stay healthy.
The reasons that senior exercise is important go beyond the obvious benefits. Senior exercise is beneficial for mental and social health as well as physical fitness. By engaging in regular exercise, a senior citizen feels as though they are still improving their lives and working towards a goal; it can be all too easy for an aged adult to feel like they have seen and done it all and that their lives have no room for improvement. Senior exercise keeps both the body and the mind active to encourage personal growth both in the mind and the body.
As a senior citizen, it can be difficult to meet others your age who share the same interests as you. For instance, there are no night clubs, coffee shops or other places to meet mature peers, and bingo and square dancing are not for everyone. A great way to meet other seniors your age is to join a senior exercise class. Having a supportive social network can make the difference between success and stagnation.
Senior exercise is essential for any mature adult who wishes to maintain or improve their state of health. Staving off disease, decreases in strength and lessening of mobility can all be aided immensely by regular, even light, exercise. Fitness involves both body and mind, so prolong your life and improve your quality of life by incorporating exercise into your daily routine.