Many seniors think that weight gain and loss of muscle is normal as they age. But all of us have a choice in what kind of shape we are in as we get older. Yes, some of us have diseases or are disabled. This can make staying in shape more difficult. However, for those who are still in relatively good health, there is no excuse for loss of muscle tone and weight gain.
Which exercises can help you to lose weight as you age?
Walking is the perfect exercise as you grow older. It is gentle on your joints, costs you nothing and you can start out slowly. For those who aren’t used to exercising, walking is something you can start anytime and anywhere, even inside your home. Once you get out and about start with one block, then two. Before you know it you’ll be walking around the block and you can build more exercise from there. Walking also helps to build bones and keep your muscles strong. It will help to improve both your balance and your mood. The faster you walk the more calories you will burn.
Swimming and Aquatic Exercise
Many areas have special pool hours just for seniors. Aquatic exercise is easy on your joints and can help to soothe pain. Water can be used for your workout as it provides resistance and therefore helps to strengthen your muscles. Swimming is not only fun but it also helps to burn those calories.
Lifting weights helps to prevent osteoporosis and also strengthens muscles. Strength training should be started slowly but it is one of the best ways to stay in shape for older adults. The stronger you become the more endurance you will have. This helps to improve your quality of life and will also help you maintain your independence as you age.
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