What Older People May Be Missing in Their Exercise Workouts | #elderly | #seniors | #execrise
My wife and I retired last year. Since March, we have been walking almost daily as a way to fight cabin fever. As a result, we seem to be in better physical shape now than when the pandemic began. What are you seeing among retirees? Any ideas about expanding fitness routines at home?
Add some strength training.
When it comes to fitness, most people focus on aerobic or “cardio” workouts. Such activities—bicycling, swimming, jogging—clearly are important. But equally important, especially for the 60-plus crowd, is some form of strength or “resistance” training.
As we age, “loss of muscle strength and power leads to declining activity, increased frailty and functional dependence,” according to the American College of Sports Medicine. “On the positive side, resistance training has proved to be a safe, economical and beneficial addition to the older adult’s fitness regimen.”
How much training? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that adults age 65 and older participate in activities at least two days a week that “strengthen muscles,” along with a minimum of 150 minutes a week of “moderate intensity activity, such as brisk walking.”