Everybody ages. For the most part, however, we all age differently. Flexibility and range of motion can be reduced in individuals whose ligaments and tendons shorten and stiffen up. But, with the right kind of exercise, you can help your body stay in better condition longer.
Even for older adults, cardio exercise or aerobics can be fun, an opportunity for socialization, and is beneficial. Naturally, the intensity of a person’s exercise routine depends on their capabilities, physical condition, medications, and more. Let’s take a look at some tips where cardio exercise and retirement age individuals are concerned.
Choose Your Workouts Wisely
You can improve both your quality of life and your fitness level, no matter how much you’re able to move. You’re doing your body no favors whatsoever by being stagnant. Aerobics or cardio exercise will offer the best result if you’re capable of it.
Whichever level of exercise you choose, it must be appropriate for you. There are various intensity levels and activities in which you can partake. To make sure you use your exercise time effectively and stay safe, here are some simple guidelines:
Have Fun And Be Creative
Sure, swimming, biking, jogging, and walking are awesome cardio exercises. However, by picking activities that you find enjoyable, you’re more likely to stick to your exercise routine. What works? Anything that gets you up off the couch or chair and moving. Think chasing around your grandkids, gardening, dancing, etc.
Devise A Plan
Most things work out better when you have a plan. Exercise routines are no exception. The following elements should be planned out for each exercise routine:
- Stretches, warm-ups, and cool-downs (plan 5 to 10 minutes for each)
- Moderate-intensity exercises for longer periods (plan 30 to 60-minute sessions, two or three times per week, of moderate-intensity cardio exercise)
- Higher intensity exercise for shorter periods (plan high-intensity cardio exercises in 15-minute sessions, three times a week)
Be Aware of Safety Warning Signs – Know Your Limits
If you have medical conditions that exercise may exacerbate, have been inactive for quite a while, or if you are new to aerobics/cardio exercise, make sure that before you begin any kind of exercise regime, you check with your physician. Your doctor will likely tell you that if you experience any of the following symptoms, you should stop exercising. Before starting again, talk to your doctor about:
- Extreme joint pain
- Irregular heartbeat
- Chest pain
- Dizziness or faintness
Remember, too, that the whole point of exercising isn’t to try and make it hard for you to catch your breath. In fact, you should be able to sing a song or have a normal conversation while you’re working out. If you can’t, because you can’t get enough breath, your exercise may be too intense.
Cardio Exercise, Intellectual Exercise, and More at Discovery Village At Boynton Beach
At Discovery Village At Boynton Beach, there’s always something to do. Courtesy of our Dimensions Health and Fitness program – you can enjoy spiritual events, educational lectures, yoga, water aerobics, and more to stay both mentally and physically fit. The program focuses on the spiritual, emotional, physical, intellectual, and social needs of our residents.
Get in a bit of cardio, watch movies with friends, go to a dance, create crafts, just enjoy senior living at Discovery Village At Boynton Beach. We offer a variety of senior living situations including assisted living, independent living, and our SHINE Memory Care living services.