Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of our later years, and the one that may have the most impact on our overall well-being, is our health and fitness.
In addition, the stress put on our bones through exercise help maintain their strength and integrity.
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Even our mood can be improved by staying healthy—researchers have discovered a relationship between exercise and a reduction in depression and anxiety.
Having a waltz around the room or enjoying a yoga class can work wonders for millions of people suffering from arthritis, say researchers. A study found hospital-based exercise programs such as Pilates, yoga or dance fitness can relieve the pain of the disease. American scientists studied at the effectiveness of exercise programmes run by the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. They found the weekly programmes significantly improved enjoyment of life and balance, and decreased pain and the severity …
This may be attributed to the increase in energy and the improved sleeping patterns among fit fifty year olds.
Nothing beats exercise for battling weight gain and getting our body into the type of shape that can still turn heads as we walk down the street, of course.
From walking, running or cycling, to push-ups and sit-ups to actual weight lifting, at home either at the gym, each form of exercise has its own benefits to keeping you fit and strong.
Chair aerobics are designed to provide those with mobility problems a good cardio workout without putting pressure on the joints and bones.
A chair aerobics session may include kicks, punches and stretches, and often includes the use of workout bands and weights to increase strength and resistance training as the workouts get more intense.
Better heart function, lower blood pressure, heightened alertness, and increased circulation, say the experts.
It’s the perfect solution if you cannot leave your desk or if you work at home and cannot go to the gym.
It’s also an excellent solution for older Americans who can only be as mobile as they once were, but who can benefit from regular exercise.
According to many recent studies, engaging in moderate exercise three to five times a week can help minimize the risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, arthritis, and diabetes.
Among the exercise that the American Physical Therapy Association recommends for seniors are golf, gardening, walking, jogging, and swimming.
Water fitness classes are among the best aerobics exercises you can do, especially if you suffer from joint stiffness or rheumatic pain.
Because you are in the water, there is no impact shock, making water exercises the ideal form of low-impact aerobic exercise.