Senior citizens, just like many of us younger people don’t have to look hard for excuses, to avoid exercise. Indeed, seniors probably have better excuses than we do since they aren’t as fast, strong, or limber as us. However, precisely because of their physical condition, exercise on a schedule, even mild exercise, is critically important for good health.
To reinforce the importance of exercise for seniors, The National Institute of Aging (NIA) has just come out with several tips on how to stop the excuses. Their message is: get moving and get healthy, it’s easier than you think, and it’s fun.
Excuses: Exercise Tips From The NIA
The most often heard excuse by seniors against exercising is that we have no time. Here’s the solution:
Do it first thing in the morning or incorporate some light exercise with a task or chore you need to get done. There, you’re set for the day.
Excuses: It’s Boring
There are plenty of exercises that are fun. Get the NIA pamphlet which lists a variety of exercises for seniors that are fun and will only take 10-15 minutes of your time.
Excuses: It’s Too Expensive
Not at all. Indeed, you just need a comfortable of walking shoes or sneakers for walking and soup cans or water bottles to strength train.
I’m Too Tired
Then by all means, exercise. Exercising releases endorphins, which are chemicals that increase energy levels, reduce fatigue, and improve your ability to handle stress.
It’s Too Cold (Hot) Outside
No problem, as effective exercising can be done indoors. Jogging in place and strength drills are just some examples.
Excuses: Get A Group Together
You don’t have to exercise alone, just get a group together. Add two people and you have got a crowd and a nice social gathering. In no time at all, you’ll be having so much fun that it will become a mandatory part of your daily schedule, and something you will look forward to doing.