Exercise for Seniors

Friday, November 28, 2014

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses seniors and exercise.

Dr. Hill:

As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging.

And not only is exercise good for your body, its also good for your mind, mood and memory. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active.

There are four main types of exercise and each type is different. Doing them all will give you more benefits.

Endurance, or aerobic, activities increase your breathing and heart rate. Brisk walking or jogging, dancing, swimming and biking are examples.

Strength exercises make your muscles stronger. Lifting weights or using a resistance band can build strength.

Balance exercises help prevent falls, and

Flexibility exercises stretch your muscles and can help your body stay limber.

Reaping the rewards of exercise doesnt require strenuous workouts or trips to the gym. Its about adding more movement and activity.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.