Seniors and Exercise

Friday, June 16, 2017

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

Dr. Hill:

Most older adults can exercise safely. Exercise can improve your health and help keep you strong and fit. Exercise can also help you stay independent as you get older.

Talk with your doctor first if you are not sure if exercise is safe for you or if you have a medical condition that is not well controlled.

Start slowly with activities that you feel comfortable doing, such as walking. This can help you avoid getting hurt. Do activities that you enjoy and that fit into your daily life.

As you become more comfortable with exercising, slowly increase the time you exercise. Then, increase the difficulty of your activities.

There are four kinds of exercise that you can do:

Aerobic activities make you breathe faster and make your heart beat harder.

Strength or resistance exercises help you build muscle.

Balance exercises improve your balance and reduce your chance of falling, and

Stretching exercises improve your flexibility so you can do your daily activities,

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