Exercise tips for older adults

Maintaining physical and mental health are extremely important items on most people’s “to do” lists as they get older. As people age they generally become less active for a number of reasons including fear of injury and a decrease in many physical attributes. Exercising for just 20-30 minutes a day, however can increase your mental and physical well-being significantly.

“Exercising for only a short period of time as few as 3 times per week can seriously reduce the rate at which strength, balance, flexibility and endurance diminish over time.” Kelli Martz, NHA, at ManorCare Williamsport North said. “Furthermore, it can have a positive impact on brain activity, which can help slow the development of brain disorders like Alzheimer’s.”

Exercise does not have to be strenuous to provide an array of benefits. Things like taking a walk in the park, swimming and gardening are all great ways to gain mental and physical benefits while staying active.

Starting an exercise routine can be difficult, especially if you are not sure what is safe for you. Here are a few guidelines to follow:

• Make sure to consult your physician to see if you are healthy enough to start an exercise plan and ask how much exercise you should be getting per week in order to provide optimum results.

• Drink plenty of water before and after each workout.

• Eat a well balanced diet in order to ensure that your body gets the right amount of nutrients to help build and maintain muscles and energy levels.

• Make sure to stretch and do a warm-up before and after each workout.

• Do a combination of both aerobic and anaerobic workouts each week.

• Try to exercise at least three times a week.

ManorCare Williamsport Campus is part of the HCR ManorCare family. The HCR ManorCare health care family comprises centers that are leading providers of short-term post-acute services and long-term care. With 60,000 caregivers nationwide, the HCR ManorCare centers are preeminent care providers in their communities. Quality care for patients and residents is provided through a network of more than 500 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, and hospice and home health care agencies. These locations operate primarily under the respected Heartland, ManorCare Health Services and Arden Courts names.