Seniors are often worried about beginning an exercise program. Common fears are increased pain in the joints, heart attack, stroke, and breathing difficulties. Those with Parkinson’s Disease have a greater challenge due to muscle stiffness, tremors, and balance problems.
But there is hope, and a great deal of help, for seniors who want a more active and healthy lifestyle. Simple walking can benefit the body in many ways. After consulting with a physician, most seniors can take up walking or even reclined stationary biking and reap numerous rewards.
Over time, exercise inhibits joint malformation and actually reduces joint pain, in those with problems such as osteoarthritis. Exercise can help with back pain and improve posture. Muscles are better able to flex and move through everyday functions with regular exercise as well.
For those who struggle with large motor skills like walking, exercising on a reclined stationary bike will actually help improve the individual’s ability to walk. For those who experience muscle cramping and stiffness, regular exercise will serve to loosen and relax those tight muscles.
Stress is a common problem for everyone, including seniors. Stress, the fight or flight response, prepares the body for intense physical activity (to run or fight). If no physical activity is performed in or following intense stress, it can cause health problems. Exercise serves to repair the damage stress does to the body and mind and generally leaves an individual with increased energy and a more positive mood.Read More