Getting enough exercise is important for everyone, but especially for seniors. Getting regular exercise can reduce your risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke, and exercise is also known to improve muscle tone, bone density and the strength of connective tissues. While the benefits of getting more physical activity are widely known, seniors have to be careful about how they work out to ensure they don’t get hurt. With scorching summer temperatures hanging around, it’s even more important to exercise smart. Here are a few tips from American Senior Communities on how you can exercise safely this summer.
Join a Club with a Pool
When temperatures are high, keeping cool is the best strategy to exercise safely. What better way is there to stay cool than hopping in the swimming pool? Swimming is a great way for seniors to stay in shape as the water provides the moderate resistance and low impact motion they need to exercise without injury. Not only that but floating in the water can take pressure off painful joints, potentially providing some relief from conditions like arthritis in the knees, back pain and more. If you’re a senior looking to stay in shape this summer, try looking up public pools in your area; whether indoor or outdoor, they can provide low impact exercise that will keep you cool.
Stay Out of the Sun
If the pool is not an option for you, there are plenty of other ways to safely exercise in the summer. Whether you decide to play sports or just go for a walk, it’s important to remember that the sun can be harmful, especially for seniors. If you’re taking part in physical activities outside, remember to wear sunblock and clothes that will keep those intense U.V. rays off your body. Bring plenty of water so you can stay hydrated. In addition, the sun’s rays are most direct from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, so it’s best to plan your outdoor excursions for the early morning or evening hours.
Don’t Overdo It
No matter how you choose to get more exercise, keep your limitations in mind and don’t overexert yourself. Before starting any exercise routine, you should talk to your doctor and make sure you’re healthy enough to perform the activities you’re interested in doing. Keep an open mind and work with your doctor to design a fitness plan that will improve your physical health safely and without injuries. Once you have a plan, follow it and don’t try to do more than you’re able to. If you feel tired, it’s okay to take a break and try again another time. After all, your fitness routine should make you healthier, not hurt you.
At American Senior Communities, promoting a healthy lifestyle for all the seniors in our care is priority number one. That’s why many of our communities feature a fitness center and personnel to supervise our residents as they work to keep their bodies healthy. If you or a loved one is considering making the move to a senior community, we’d love to talk to you! Check out our contact page for a list of phone numbers; you can also chat live with a representative right on our website!