Older folks often wonder how to start exercising again. Is it beneficial to start an exercise and fitness program again? And what’s the best way to get physically fit and stronger if you are a senior citizen who is over 65 years old?
Meredith Chen, of Senior Fitness with Meredith, thinks it’s never too late to start a fitness program. Meredith has devoted her fitness business to helping senior citizens get fitter and stronger. She is based in Arizona, but every day seniors from all over the United States and throughout the English-speaking world use her videos to add strength, flexibility, and balance to their lives.
Gary Ebersole, Richard Kipling, and Randy Schultz (the co-hosts of the Camp Codger podcast), asked Meredith to share her insights about senior exercise. They asked her how to start exercising again–even if it’s been a long time since you had a fitness routine.
It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising Again!
Many seniors were once quite strong and fit. But over the years, they have become more sedentary. They sit more. Many don’t play tennis or run anymore. They have lost muscle strength. Perhaps they have issues with flexibility and balance.
“It’s never too late to start exercising again,” said Meredith, founder of Senior Fitness with Meredith. “Even when you have lost mobility or are confined to a wheelchair, you can still do seated exercises to increase your strength and stamina.”
According to Meredith, virtually everyone in their “golden years” can benefit from the right kinds of exercise that correspond to their ability levels.
Benefits of Senior Exercise
Physical exercise can benefit adults age 65 and older in many ways. Here are a few ways that exercise can improve your health and well being.
- Increases balance, flexibility, and mobility. Exercise that moves the joints from head to toe also enhances flexibility. The right exercise program makes muscles and bones stronger. That gives seniors better coordination and balance. And that reduces the chances of debilitating falls.
- Improves cardiovascular function. As a result of an exercise program, the heart rate decreases and blood vessels become more relaxed. Cardio function increases, which means the heart does not need to work as hard to circulate blood throughout the body.
- Boosts morale and sense of well being. Studies have shown that during physical activity, the brain releases endorphins and dopamine. This helps reduce physical discomfort and alleviate anxiety. That’s why exercising regularly can result in an overall sense of well being.
Want to learn more about how to start exercising again and what benefits exercise brings? Listen to the Camp Codger Podcast interview with Meredith from Senior Fitness with Meredith. Just click on the “Play Episode” triangle above.
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