Health and Fitness

How Exercise Helps The Over 60s 

If you are over 60, then it is more important than ever to exercise as much as you can. There is plenty of evidence to show this is true, and in this article we will look at some aspects of the exercise question for older people.

The article will go through those benefits, and also outline how to get things moving if you’re not yet in a position to have exercise in your life. It’s simpler than you think, and the benefits are incredible.

People who are active have less risk when it comes to some of the biggest killers today. For example, studies have shown that people who exercise regularly (and it doesn’t have to mean eight hours a day in the gym) have fewer health issues in later life.

Regular exercise gets the blood flowing and clears out the system, as does a regular intake of water (which you need a lot of when exercising). If you are over 60, you will be less vulnerable to some very nasty diseases, and just be healthier all round.

Physical activity is anything that just gets you moving. As we have already said, this doesn’t necessarily have to be strong activity that causes pain. You can garden, and call that moderate activity.

The  aim is to ensure that, as an over 60 year old, you focus on getting 150 minutes of activity every week. That is not impossible to integrate into anyone’s lifestyle, and we encourage you to think about the following activities in particular:

  • Just walking faster around the house or in the park means moderate activity, and this is easy for anyone to do. You don’t have to be the speed walking king, but you can certainly amp up the pace a little bit
  • You can choose to ride a bike at a moderate pace too. Aim for level ground to ensure that you don’t meet with too much resistance
  • If you’re in the garden, buy a push lawnmower and use that to cut the grass down to size. Many older people do this because they know they are working strength and cardio, but it’s not too strenuous.

What you will find is that if you are literally starting from scratch with no previous exercise for some time, you will find quicker benefits. Your body will start to feel lighter and healthier, and you will feel better about yourself. Your vulnerability to colds and other issues will be reduced and you will generally gain better health quicker.

How to start

Talk to your doctor first. They know you best, and can advise you on just how strenuous your exercise can be. After this, build in  a little exercise each day, and aim for that 150 minutes a week for maximum benefit.

Talk to your doctor, realise that you need that 150 minutes a week, and you should find that a new health regime that genuinely makes you feel better will soon be on it’s way.