Stay Hip, Stay Fit
A Look Into How Older Adults Can Stay Fit
What Do I Need to Know?!
What Activities Can I Do? and How Will this Help Me?
Benefits: Cardiovascular endurance, increase bone strength, improved mood and decreased stress levels, decreasing body fat percentage, increasing muscle strength, lower cholesterol levels
Benefits: Strength and endurance, increased anaerobic fitness, emphasizes agility, alertness and endurance, increased mental agility, increased flexibility, stress reduction, increased balance, increased coordination, cardiovascular health
Benefits: Improves circulation, can stop loos of bone mass associated with osteoporosis, leads to a longer life, lightens mood, lead to weight loss, strengthens muscles, improves sleep, supports your joints, slows mental decline, and lowers Alzheimer's risk
Benefits: Stress relief and boosts self-esteem, raises heart health and lowers stroke risks, increases hand strength and dexterity, increasing brain health and lowers the risk of Alzheimer's, regulates your immune system, decreases depression and mental health
Benefits: Raised cardiovascular health, protects joints by not being high impact, fall prevention, increases metabolism, higher energy levels
Benefits: increased flexibility, increased muscles strength and tone, increased balance, balanced metabolism, cardio and circulatory health, protection from injury
Tell Me More...Tell Me More!
But I'm too Old!
- Do not have enough time to exercise
- Find exercise boring
- Fear of being injured
- Lack of encouragement, support of companionship from family or friends
- Lack confidence in their ability to be physically active
Each of these barriers are easy to overcome if you really put your mind to it. It all beings with the first step toward wanting a healthy life style.
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Gangaway, J. M. (2010). Older Adults: The need for exercise and the benefits of aquatics. Geriatric Rehabilitation, 26(2), 82. Retrieved February 3, 2016.