Exercise tips for seniors

Exercise tips for seniors

17 October 2017

Within this article, you will discover exercise tips to help improve your fitness. This will help you especially if you're a senior person looking to improve your long-term health.

Want to improve your fitness? Then here are a few ideas on how to make a start:

Before you begin

First and foremost, if you haven’t exercised for some time, then pop down to your local GP’s surgery before you begin, have a check-up and a chat about any precautions you need to take in the light of your medical history.     

Everyday exercise

Then, make your new exercise regime easy for yourself, by fitting it into your everyday life. Whether you choose a walk to the shops, gardening or housework, remember many everyday activities will improve your fitness. Moreover, the NHS has some helpful advice on some additional exercises you can try from the comfort of your home.   

Everyday exercise is convenient and cost effective, as you don’t need to take out a membership, buy special equipment or go out of your way to do it. So make exercise a part of your everyday life, and you’ll soon make strides with your fitness.   

Build it up gradually

Increase your exercise regime gradually, don’t feel despondent if you don’t achieve as much as you’d hoped as any exercise is better than none, and you’re very likely to see an improvement over time.     

Step out and walk

Embark on a walk, and gently increase the distance you travel, and the speed at which you walk over time, and be sure to vary your route, so it doesn’t become monotonous.

Dip into a pool

Visit your local swimming pool and take part in a water aerobics class or go for a swim, you’re likely to find a range of classes and lanes to suit all abilities, so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

You’ll be supported in the water, so the exercise won’t have the impact on your joints that other activity may have. Moreover, swimming is a great form of all round exercise that will improve your health and your mood.

Improve your balance and coordination

If you’re finding your balance and coordination are not what they once were, then try activities such as tai chi, yoga or dancing to help improve them; and it will benefit your quality of life all round.

Socialise while you exercise

Make exercise a social activity, so meet up with friends, join a class or a group so you can socialise while you work out.    

Do something you enjoy

Moreover, enjoy what you do, don’t feel compelled to join in activities that don’t hold any joy for you. If exercise becomes onerous, you’re much more likely to give up.

Ring the changes

Don’t get stuck in a rut, vary the type of exercise you do, your route, the day and time. Take the opportunity to try something new; perhaps there’s a dance style you’ve always wanted to learn – well now’s the time.  

Give yourself a boost

Get your new fitness regime off to a great start by attending a Bootcamp, you’ll benefit from a scenic retreat, with all your catering provided, so you can focus on your fitness, with lots of expert help on hand to assist you. Sign up today, without delay. 

So there you have a few ideas on how you can step up your exercise, now it’s time to step out and get started.