With age, the body does take a little longer to repair itself, but moderate physical activity is good for people of all ages and of all ability levels. In fact, the benefits of your elderly parents exercising regularly far outweigh the risks. Even elderly people with chronic illnesses can exercise safely. Many medical conditions are improved with exercise, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure and obesity, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, exercise also improves mood and lowers the chances of injury.
Immune Function – A healthy, strong body fights off infection and sickness more easily and more quickly. Rather than sapping energy reserves entirely, recovery from illness should be less strenuous.
Cardio-Respiratory and Cardiovascular Function – Regular physical activity lowers the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. If the elderly person has hypertension, exercise will lower blood pressure.
Bone Density/Osteoporosis – Exercise protects against loss in bone mass. Better bone density will reduce the risk of osteoporosis and lowers risk of broken bones. Post-menopausal women can lose as much as 2 percent bone mass each year and men also lose bone mass as they age. Research shows that strength training can dramatically reduce the loss of bone mass, help restore bones, and contribute to better balance and less fractures.
Gastrointestinal Function – Regular exercise promotes the efficient elimination of waste and encourages digestive health.
Chronic Conditions and Cancer – Regular physical activity lowers risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis and colon cancer, to name just a few. It also helps in the management of high cholesterol and arthritis pain.
Often, frail elderly people are unable to tolerate aerobic exercise routines on a regular basis due to lack of endurance. But while age-related changes in the cardiovascular system have significant effects on cardiac performance, it has been estimated that 50% of endurance loss can be related to decreased muscle mass.
The ideal exercise prescription for the elderly consists of three components: aerobic exercise, strength training, and balance and flexibility. So in 2012 Fearn Fitness in Gloucester introduced the Fearn Fitness Senior Sessions programme for all those over 50 years young. Each session has been designed to improve balance, coordination, mobility, flexibility and general fitness as well as improving a plethera of medical conditions.
Fun is compulsary, having a coffee after each session with new friends is voluntary.
Tuesday 10.15am at Fearn Fitness, Unit F4 Innsworth Technology Park, Innsworth Lane, Innsworth, Gloucester. Gloucestershire.
Check out how much fun you can have on Utube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BKCI5LxVu4