Exercise for Seniors

Thursday, June 11, 2015

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

Dr. Hill:

Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults.

Staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities. Thats why health experts say that older adults should aim to be as active as possible.

There are four main types of exercise:

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

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

Balance exercises help prevent falls.

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

Being physically active can also help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you like to do as you get older. Making exercise and physical activity a regular part of your life can improve your health and help you maintain your independence as you age.

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