No matter the stage of life, exercise can keep you looking and feeling great. Physical activity is especially important for senior health. As we age, regular exercise can be helpful in preventing heart disease, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer, and it can also reduce pain associated with arthritis. Research shows that improving balance, flexibility, endurance, and strength helps older adults stay healthier longer. It is important to remember that before starting any new fitness program that you consult with a medical professional.
Total Nutrition Technology has a program specifically designed for senior health. TNT Silver not only helps to add “years to your life”, but more importantly, “life to your years”. This program focuses on how to prepare quick or no-cook meals making sure all health-related nutrition concerns are considered, incorporating physical activity with consideration of possible physical limitations, understanding how to navigate the grocery store, reading food labels and making wise decisions when eating out to help make healthy and tasty choices. TNT will guide you through the steps to a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Once you’ve been cleared for physical activity, there are 4 main types of exercise suggested for mature adults by the National Institute on Aging:
Endurance, or aerobic, activities increase your breathing and heart rate. They keep your heart, lungs, and circulatory system healthy and improve your overall fitness. Building your endurance makes it easier to carry out many of your everyday activities.
- Brisk walking or jogging
- Yard work (mowing, raking, digging)
Strength exercises make your muscles stronger. They may help you stay independent and carry out everyday activities, such as climbing stairs and carrying groceries. These exercises also are called “strength training” or “resistance training.”
- Lifting weights
- Using a resistance band
- Using your own body weight
Balance exercises help prevent falls, a common problem in older adults. Many lower-body strength exercises will also improve your balance.
- Standing on one foot
- Heel-to-toe walk
- Tai Chi
Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and can help your body stay limber. Being flexible gives you more freedom of movement for other exercises as well as for your everyday activities.
- Shoulder and upper arm stretch
- Calf stretch
Exercise can benefit much more than just your body. It can also improve your mental and emotional health by maintaining an active lifestyle. A bonus – if you’re having fun while being active, chances are that you’ll be more likely to continue participating. The bottom line is that exercise is beneficial, no matter your age.
Contact TNT today to help you stay active, stay involved, and stay healthy!