Key Tips for Senior Fitness By Dr. Elron Mighty
Maintaining an active lifestyle can play an integral role in the physical and mental well-being of seniors. At HealthCare Partners Nevada, we are dedicated to ensuring our patients maintain their physical fitness as they age.
As we age, there are many forms and methods of exercise that are beneficial, including:
- Engage in moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, for approximately 20 minutes a day, seven days a week or 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
- Keep up with common chores, including gardening and cleaning, and raking leaves.
- Join a local gym or recreation center. Many of these facilities offer exercise groups for activities such as water aerobics, Pilates and yoga. These venues are air conditioned and especially comfortable when the summer months make it difficult to exercise outdoors.
- Do muscle-strengthening activities that work out all of the major muscle groups - legs, hips, back, shoulders, abdomen, chest and arms - at least two days a week.
Physical activity has many short-and long-term benefits for seniors, such as:
- Weight control
- Strengthening bones and muscles, which helps to prevent falls.
- Fewer hospitalizations and visits to the doctor
- Increasing chances of living longer by keeping the brain sharp, controlling blood sugar levels and boosting heart health
Regardless of age, it is important to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise or diet plan. HealthCare Partners Nevada practices the Total Care Model, a team-based approach to care in which primary care providers collaborate with nurses, specialists, care managers and additional medical staff to coordinate all aspects of patients' medical care, including diet and exercise plans.