Seniors Health: Exercise, Aerobics; Water, Sitting - Senior Solutions To A Healthier And Happier Older Age

Senior's Health Improved With Exercise

Aerobic and cardio-vascular exercise and our senior's health? This doesn't seem to go together, especially when you can't even get out of your chair! So is it possible to develop senior solutions, as regards to fitness, with this client group? YES! YES! YES! It is all about knowing your body and your limitations as well as your abilities. This rule does not exclude older persons. Exercise for Seniors is essential for their health and wellbeing, just like anyone else. Whether they suffer with conditions associated with arthritis or heart disease, exercise and Senior fitness programs can be tailor-made especially for individual need.

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Aerobics - Water!

Senior Solutions To Aging

It’s not so funny when you have cranky bones and stiff muscles. Every movement for some has to be planned. There may also be extensive use of apparatus and using the world around you to help you get about. What is this? This is about empowerment or senior solutions to movement problems. This can be what it is to be an older or elderly person.

I volunteer for the Ambulance Service. Many of my patients live in the middle of nowhere and it can be up to 40 miles to the main hospital. Of course, as people get older, they are more inclined to need hospital services to assess, plan, implement and evaluate their health care need. It is often said to me, after an appointment, “Arrh, well, it is wear and tear, you know!” Yes, wear and tear can lead to pain and restricted mobility.

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Promoting Elderly Health

Seniors Health: They Can't Take Their Bodies For Granted Like Us Youngens!

As people get older, their bodies and cells of the body, don’t regenerate to the same standard as previously was – this helps with the aging process. However, I am not going to get into the why’s and wherefores! The fact is that, as we age, our body degenerate - seniors health can't be taken for granted!

As younger people, we take our bodies for granted. We can exercise to our hearts content, rush here and rush there without much thought of aches and pains. However, as time goes on, we start to see changes in our bodies. We can’t do as much as we used to, but our minds are always the same – all things being equal, of course!

We all know that exercise is good for us, but what if we can’t move that well? What if you have arthritis, for example? I am focusing on this condition because it is particularly debilitating and painful. The exercises suggested in this hub are also great for anyone in their twilight years.

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Exercise Can Help Combat Conditions & Diseases Associated With Age - Obesity And Older Adults Is Harder To Resolve

Why would you be motivated to exercise when you are in pain? Well, exercise that is appropriate to arthritis, amongst other diseases (for example heart disease), can help with:

  • Weight Loss - obesity in older adults is harder to resolve than younger days!
  • Can Minimise Pain
  • Boost Energy
  • Keeping Joints Strong
  • Help with Mobility and Agility – Have More Stamina - Be More Supple & Strong!
  • Good For Your Heart - most important for heart disease!
  • Help Make You Fitter
  • Gives You A ‘Feel Good’ Sense Of Wellbeing
  • Help Combat Depression
  • Help You To Live Longer
  • Reducing the Risk of Illness - Higher Your Immunity!
  • Help Promote Independence – You Don’t Need As Much Help Getting Around

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Weight Loss With Exercise!

The trouble with pain is that the more pain you gain, the less exercise you want to do. The less exercise that is achieved, the easier it is to gain weight and, with this as an addition, the more pain you gain. It is a double-edged sword! Some people would say it is a no win situation. Extra weight means more pressure on your joints, back, knees, feet, ankles and hips. But is it possible to have the right exercise routine for elderly people?

Finding the right exercise for the individual can reverse this ever-decreasing cycle. This is about the right regime! It will help to manage arthritis and many other ailments that older people get.

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Senior Fitness Programs - Always Check With A Doctor or Physiotherapist first

Tips in Healthy Aging: Elderly Health - Know Your Limitations!

The NHS recommends light to moderate exercise 30 minutes a day and aerobic exercise (enough to be breathing deeply and produce a glow to the skin) for 20 minutes, two to three times a week, if possible. This is hard on people in pain, but with the right routine, it can be managed and achieved!

The key for anyone who has arthritis, or any condition that afflicts mainly older or infirm people, is know your limitations.

  • Don’t Overdo It – Build up to fitness. Rome wasn’t built in a day, so slowly does it!
  • Expect Some Discomfort At First – You will find parts that you didn’t know existed! Over time, it gets better. If your body is telling you, you are doing too much – you probably are! Heed its warning! For example, if you feel pain in the joint, then this particular exercise is not right for you, so don’t continue with it.
  • Always Check With A Doctor or Physiotherapist first – they can help advise you with tips to overcome problem areas and tell you whether it is safe for you.
  • Watch out for feeling tired over a sustained period of time, increased joint swelling with continued pain and reduced range of movement. These are signs that you might need to be monitored by a specialist in this field and that you might be overdoing exercise.
  • Try to exercise when you are in not so much pain – after medication, for example, or after rest – keep a good posture. Exercise helps achieve a good posture and body awareness will help conditions like arthritis in the long run. This is about minimising pain.

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Healthy Living Older People Know The Health Benefits In Walking

Aerobic In The Water - Great Senior Fitness Programs To Suit All!

Maintaining Cardiovascular Fitness: Aerobics - Water Helps to Alleviate Body Stress Whilst Exercising

Swimming, aqua swim or just walking in the swimming pool is a good exercise. The water keeps people buoyant and alleviates stress on the body whilst exercising. Even during a flare up of arthritis exercises, like water activities, it is important to keep up. Swelling and stiffness can worsen during these flare up periods, so it is advisable to listen to your body and minimise the more strenuous activities. Again, the key here is listen to your body! When the flare up subsides, you can then build up again. In the following video there is some great practical advice in the area of aqua aerobics. I hope you will find this helpful.

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Maintaining Fitness Effort: Exercise Whilst Seated With WII AND Have FUN!

Armchair exercises are brilliant for older people. The wii can offer lots of exciting sports games that will get people moving without leaving the chair. Not only are these mentally stimulating but adds an edge of daring, whilst encouraging movement. The following games and consoles are recommended to help get fit without leaving the home!

Now Amazon have a great selection of Wii products to get you active. Why don't you purchase some, have some fun and get fit too!

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Balance and Exercise - Here's How

Senior Health: Maintain An Exercise Program

What about joining a group or organising one of your own? Just because you are older doesn’t mean you don’t have a wealth of experience, wisdom and capacity to learn! Far from it! You are the citizen’s that are the pioneers and mentors for the younger generation… maybe your legacy is to show ‘us youngen’s’ how it is done and help us to prepare and enjoy the third age.

Please find a fun way in the following video for people to exercise to. Music and movement is a great way to help with mobility problems and achieve the ‘feel good’ factor. Hope you enjoy this idea and that you might take up the challenge to join a group, or set one up yourself, and have fun, fun, fun!

Useful Sources For Reference Purposes:

http://www.thirdage.com/

arthritiscare.org.uk/uk

helptheaged.org.uk/en-gb

© This work is covered under Creative Commons License

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Many seniors do need some different type of exercise especially with arthritis. Swimming is great for them. This is a very well written hub. Thumbs up!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Oh thank you pamela - I am glad I covered the topic well. It is always about knowing your limitations, I think :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I've been giving a lot of thought to exercise for the elderly lately--your hub is very timely. My parents are elderly and exercise is particularly challenging for my father, who will be 91 next month. My mother is 81 and walks at the gym every day. I've been trying to talk her into a senior water aerobics class at the gym, but haven't succeeded yet.

I've been in a water aerobics class since last fall, and I've loved it. It truly is a stress free way to get exercise. (I'm not in the seniors class, though....)

Thanks for sharing this information, Shaz.

Mike


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Mike... There are some really good armchair exercises to get your father going if you click on the link. Maybe you could print off the PDF for printing? Sounds like you Dad has looked after himself - maybe you could write a hub about his secret?

Nice you dropped by my friend:)


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Good Guy 6 years ago from Malaysia

Shazwellyn,

Thumbs up for you!

Perhaps you've got to be 60 like me to really feel the urgency and importance of regular exercise.

I do qigong and yoga regularly, apart from my gardening chores.

Having to care for my 5-year granddaughter full time, is reason enough for me to be healthy and keep healthy.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi GG... I have always enjoyed exercise - it can shake away the emotional bugs of life! Your 5 year old will be keeping you on your toes! hehehe Thanks for reading and spread the loooove!


StormRyder 6 years ago

Hi Shazwellyn!! :)

I recently hurt my hip and lower back when I slipped on some in my driveway..At physical therapy they had me do some of this water exercise to help take the weight off my hip..It worked very well!

Great hub and info for everyone...not only seniors! :)

Stormy....


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Exactly, Stormy - it helps! And it is a great cardio vascular exercise too! Thanks for reading :)


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Terrific Hub shaz. My Mom loves water aerobics since it's so easy on the knees. I also like the nice little video on Balance and Exercise. Who says you can't exercise with your hat on!? I do hope when I'm that age, I can still do Yoga rather than play Wii:)


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

This is a very useful Hub. Seniors need to be active and exercises in your Hub will also reduce Athritis.

Talking about seniors - Piers Morgans interviewed Bruce Forsythe Sat 20 March. (He's in his 80s and still very active)

Great Hub.

Best Wishes xx.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

LOL @ Green - When we are old, all our parts will be renewed with biological chips and organs from stem cells. It is already happening! You will still be supple enough to get your legs over your head and make the dinner! Thanks for reading x


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Lady and congrats on you magic 100 hubs! Well Brucie renews everthing - even his wives! LOL If they get too old, he trades em in for a newer model. Is it them who keep him active or cardiovascular aerobics with the water? I will leave the answer with you!

Thanks for commenting and cheers to the next 100!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Hey Shaz! I may not be a senior yet but this looks really good and helpful! Thanks for looking out for the health of hubbers!


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missmaudie 6 years ago from Brittany, France

This is a really good hub and a reminder to everyone to keep active for as long as possible. I care for people who can no longer exercise on their own and sometimes need passive exercise from us to help relax and loosen up their limbs.It really does help to keep supple because once you've lost that ability it becomes very hard to keep a wide range of movements. Also, exercise helps to keep dementia at bay. Well done on a great hub shazwellyn


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Ann, thanks for dropping by! The exercises here are great for anyone - not just the elderly! It is good that there are activities out there for everyone without bias or disability. Thanks for reading!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Missmaudie - good point about people with dementia! Thanks for highlighting this!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

You did an awesome job on this hub, you seemed to have covered a wide array of solutions for seniors to stay active, right down to the Wii.

Although, I am not a senior, I have always enjoyed water aerobics.

Great Job, Good Luck! Rated Up!

Sage


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Sage! Im glad you enjoy your aerobics - it is a great exercise to keep you fit without causing 'wear and tear'! Well done, my friend, and keep up the good work! :)


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ClaudiaP 6 years ago from California

Great hub! Exercise can really make a difference, especially for seniors, so, even if they have to surpass various limitations, such as the pain caused by arthritis, they still need to exercise.

Another great exercise for people suffering from arthritis is riding the GlideCycle. That allows you to walk/ run at a fraction of your body weight without putting stress on your joints and ligaments. It's really cool!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Great Hub, this reminds me of when I worked with senior citizens when I was just out of high school. It's amazing those that have kept fit really can give you a run for your money, believe it or not. Those where some fun times. Thanks for sharing your insight and congratulations on being selected in this week's contest. :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Claudia P - I haven't heard of glidecycle - any exercise is great if it doesn't high impact on the body. I have found from older people that I have helped, many report that the pain they are in today is a product of taking their bodies for granted when they were younger. This is a valuable lesson to learn for younger people - treat your body with respect and your body will respect you when you are older.

Thanks for reading and I value your comments.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Aww - thank you money glitch. We have to remember that they are the same people as they were when younger but with an aging body! Many people may take 'pity' on them and treat older people differently than younger people - we need to give them a voice and empower them in every way!

Thanks for your comments Money :)


TattoGuy 6 years ago

Great hub and I can deff recommend the Wii Fit Plus and swimming ; )


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brethodge 6 years ago from USA

Exercise is very important no matter at what are you are in.. It brings activeness and new lease to life.. you have given some great tips for old age exercise to stay fit.. good work!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Tattoguy - I value your recommendation - it is an endorsement of technology assisting us in activity. Thanks for reading :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Brethodge - when you are young though, you take your body and movement for granted. It is when you are in your twilight years that pain deters people from exercise. Thanks for your comment!


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gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

What a nice hub. I'm in my late fifties, and I'm always out there walking. I must confess a dislike for resistance exercises, though (my bad!).

I enjoyed reading this.


Garlic 6 years ago

I like this Hub. My kind of exercise regime. Thanks for sharing.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

@ Gracenotes... keep it up and remember to limber those limbs! Thanks for reading

@ Garlic - glad you do this! :)


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

Excellent hub for the Silver Surfers out there. Well done.

Amber:)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Thanks Amber!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Great work. It shows it is never too late to look after yourself :)


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

blondpoet - Yes and it helps alleviate pains of aging! Thanks for dropping by! :)


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

Refreshing and excellent information! Thank you! I was active for a lifetime and got wrapped up in my business so much that I stopped getting any exercise except to walk the dog for these last 4 years. What a mistake THAT was! I am 50 and just decided to start back again with an exercise program, & healthy eating. Boy, there is no substitute for exercise! Even if you walk 3 times a week on the local school track - You won't be sorry. Fit it in your schedule, find a way, somehow! Thanks! Great Hub!


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Wow! What a refreshing comment! I am glad that we have someone like you to advocate for a healthy lifestyle! Well done mwatkins!:)


low platelets 6 years ago

Definitely. Exercise is the clue to staying young. My girls always tell me that "I don't play because I am old...but I get old when I don't play".

I am almost 50 and many of my peers say that I look in my 30's. Diet and exercise has been my secret.

Also studies have clearly shown that exercise is crucial in preventing alzheimer's disease.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain Author

Low platelets - it is good to hear that you are keeping yourself healthy. Keep up the good work!


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sportandhealth 5 years ago

i know for a fact when i get older i am definietly going to do exercise, as it will keep myself busy and i will have a hobbie and i can socialize.


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shazwellyn 5 years ago from Great Britain Author

It is so important, isn't it sportandhealth? Thanks for your seal of approval :)


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Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

This is very useful information. I wish I read it two years ago. AS I age I am already taking my bodies for granted because I don't feel older. I keep doing the same things without realizing that my body can't. So I ended up tearing my rotator cuff. We need a user's guide for the aging body. Your hub is a good reference for that information. Voted up.

By the way, I got your twitter direct message, but I couldn't DM back to you. The link you gave me didn't exist so I don't know what it was about.


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shazwellyn 3 years ago from Great Britain Author

Hi Glenn... I'm glad this information is useful and am humbled by your comment. Thank you.

I shall look into the twitter, thanks for the heads up :)

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