Exercise of any sort, even for short durations, can reduce seniors’ risk of heart disease, researchers report. The 18-year study included more than 24,000 adults ages 39 to 79. They found a link between physical activity and reduced risk of heart disease in both elderly and middle-aged people.
Elderly people exercising moderately had a 14 percent reduced risk of cardiovascular events compared to those seniors who were completely inactive.
Exercise: Recommendations For Seniors
For older adults and seniors who want to stay healthy and independent, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends these four types of exercises:
Strength exercises builds older adult muscles and increases your metabolism, which helps to keep your weight and blood sugar in check.
Balance exercises builds leg muscles, and this helps to prevent falls. According to the NIH, U.S. hospitals have 300,000 admissions for broken hips each year. Many of them are seniors, and falling is often the cause of those fractures.
Stretching exercises improves movement, which then results in more activity. It also improves endurance and strength.
Endurance exercises such as walking, jogging, and swimming will increase your heart rate for an extended period of time. So, build up your endurance gradually, starting with as little as 5 minutes of endurance activities.
A few minutes of light exercise a few times a week is a great and inexpensive way for seniors to maintain good health.