A recent study shows that middle and older-aged people can reduce their chance of premature death by 13 percent if they perform high intensity exercise on a regular basis.
Many older people live mainly sedentary lives and may not feel like they should or can exercise but even for those who are “out of shape,” exercise provides several health benefits.
High intensity exercise makes a person sweat and feel winded. For a person who hasn’t exercised in a while, it may not take much movement to get to this point. There is no need to start out with a marathon and many health care professionals would advise that exercise be increased slowly. “Start low and go slow.”
With Spring and early Summer bringing warmer weather now is a good time to get out and start exercising. Performing outdoor exercise can bring more health benefits as exposure to sunlight provides extra Vitamin D and being outside often increases the “good” mood hormones in the body. As a bonus, physical activity can also help with weight loss.
A senior considering outdoor exercise might start with these activities and the caretaker may benefit as well:
Any exercise program should be started only after talking to your doctor. He may have certain guidelines for you to follow based on your medical condition but most health care professionals would advise that exercise is a good thing.
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