Healthy Diet and Exercise for Elderly

Exercising is the best way to increase body’s endurance. There are many types of exercises that are presently introduced. However, not all exercises are beneficial to every age group. Some might be too dangerous, especially for our elders with a more frail body.

Aerobic exercise, known as cardio exercise is type of work out that uses all muscle group repetitively. It improves heart function by increasing the heart rate, releasing more oxygen to the blood. Because aerobic exercise uses less or no heavy machinery, it can be easily done by our elders to keep them healthy and in shape.

  1. Before exercising, always consult your doctor. He/she will tell you what kind of exercise you may or may not do based on your condition. Since our elders are prone to many types of degenerative diseases, it is safe to consult your doctor prior to doing any form of exercise.
  2. Walking is a form of aerobic exercise too that is often forgotten by many. Your elders do not need to hit the gym to exercise instead start walking at least 10-20 min. Don’t forget to bring a towel and water just in case you get dehydrated.
  3. It is advisable to exercise during morning to give your elderly energy within the day. But make sure they take at least a little glucose before you do. They need it to last while exercising.
  4. While warm up, such as stretching is advisable before exercising, too much stretching must be avoided. Too much pressure might affect the tendon of your elderly and might further aggravate other muscle related complications.
  5. Lastly, always remember that too much of something is bad. So exercise only in moderation.