Myths About Exercise for Seniors
Only one in four people in the 65 to 74 age group have a regular fitness routine. In the New Year, make exercise a priority. Don’t buy into the ridiculous idea that exercise is for young, energetic, healthy people. Here are some common exercise myths that continue to circulate among seniors.
I am too tired. I should save my strength.
Doing nothing but sitting around will only make you more tired. If your life consists of watching television re-runs and dozing off in the recliner, you should find a way to get more active. Although you may want to gently ease into your exercise routine, regular exercise will eventually make you more energetic and more interested in life.
Exercise is dangerous. I might fall and break something.
Among seniors, one of the biggest fears is to have a bad fall. But, did you know that exercise can actually prevent falls? Regular exercise will improve your balance, strength, and coordination, so you will be less likely to have a fall. Additionally, exercise increases your bone density, so if you do have a fall, you will be less likely to break something.
I am overweight. I can’t exercise.
Of course, carrying some extra weight will make exercise a little more difficult. However, it doesn’t mean that you should forgo exercise altogether. You may want to start with exercises that are easier on your body like swimming or water aerobics. Any form of exercise will help you lose some of that excess weight, and then you can move onto other forms of exercise.
It’s too late for me! I am too old to exercise.
No one is ever too old to exercise. Even if you are in your seventies, eighties, or nineties, exercise will benefit your health. Regular exercise reduces your risk for many types of cancer, heart disease, dementia, obesity, and high blood pressure.
Make 2014 the year that you get more active. You will enjoy life more, have more energy and have a more positive outlook when you exercise for at least thirty minutes every day. Exercise will increase the quality of your sleep and prevent cognitive decline. Put aside these myths, check with your doctor, and get moving. You will soon be feeling better, looking better, and thinking better.