What exercise is it recommended for people over 65 years?

senior man exercising in wellness club

A couple of days ago, I was talking to my lovely grandma about the importance of being active for preventing or delaying many diseases and disabilities, and she was telling me that she was afraid of falling off. I thought, “OK, fair enough”. But after some researches I discovered that my grandma was not the only one who feels in that way. According to a survey conducted for the Home Instead Senior Care network (2011), seniors worry about the loss of their independence, declining health, fear of hurting themselves, and inability to manage their own activities of daily living.

Usually, when elder people lose their ability to do things on their own, it is because they are not active. According to the US Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active.

Be as active as possible would have long-term health benefits and it would help to face those fears. A good way to keep physically active is by doing moderate exercise to improve health of those frail or with diseases that accompany aging. Besides, people with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes would benefit from regular exercise and it also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. I said to her, “what else can you ask for being active? I think the results that you can get are so worthy!”

By walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the lift, doing tai-chi or doing moderate aerobic exercises they will improve or maintain cognitive functions and reduce feeling of depression. Remember that exercise will not hurt you and there is no need to join a gym. You can exercise in the comfort of your home with one of the home treadmills that are on the market. A running machine that provides safety start speed is perfect suitable for those with mobility problems and every JLL folding treadmill comes with a start speed of 0.3 km/h, the slowest speed on the UK market. Plus, every treadmill comes with handrail to support when you are walking on the belt, and heart rate sensor to keep your pulse under control. If you do not have too much space at home, that is not a problem at all. Every JLL home treadmill is foldable and easy to move around thanks to the wheels that it is built on.

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