Exercise is key to your health and a good quality of life as you age. It rejuvenates you and makes your muscles strong. It’s normal when the years go by to wonder if exercising and keepng an active life style is safe for you but let me tell you it is.
Exercise helps stop, delay, and sometimes improve serious illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis, besides it makes you feel good about yourself and gives so much energy.
But, is it safe? Am I prompt to hurt my muscles or joins? Wether you’re young or old, all of us are prompt to injuries we need to be careful, have a right form, a coach that helps you and lift weight that you know is right for you, don’t try to go heavier if you really feel you can’t do it, it’s not a compretition, it’s health. Your doctor or physical therapist can suggest ways to adapt sports and exercises, or better alternatives, based on the limitations of any medical conditions you have.
Muscle loss is one of the main reasons people feel less energetic as they get older. When you lift weights, work out on machines, use resistance bands, or do exercises with your own body weight (like push-ups and sit-ups), you build strength, muscle mass, and flexibility.
The National Strength and Conditioning Association recommends older adults perform strength training exercises 2 to 3 days a week.2 Focus on working all of the major muscle groups, including arms, legs, shoulders, and trunk with a goal of lifting a weight just heavy enough to achieve 10 to 15 repetitions before the muscles become fatigued.