Benefits of physical activity for older adults Benefits of physical activity for older adults

Having a routine at home can help guarantee physical and mental activity all day, with the aim of ensuring general wellbeing.

According to the US National Library of Medicine’s website medlineplus.gov, it is important for older adults to exercise for their physical and mental health.

 Some options to do at home:

  • Resistance movements and exercises that increase breathing capacity and heart rate. Small walks, dancing, tai chi, or riding an exercise bike.
  • Exercises to build muscle mass. Lifting weights (light ones, depending on physical condition), or using elastic bands. If possible, get a mat for floor exercises.
  • Flexibility exercises such as stretching or yoga stretch your muscles and help relax the body. They should be done on both sides of the body for the same amount of time. For example, holding one pose or stretch for 30 seconds and repeating two or three times. If you feel pain, you should stop.

According to the World Health Organization, these types of activities prevent depression and cognitive impairment in older adults. It is important to control the physical strain of these exercises for those older than 65. Hydrating properly and being accompanied by a family member is also recommended.

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