SUNDAY, January 31, 2021 (HealthDay News) – During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding safe and effective exercise options is vital for older adults in the home country, an expert says.
At home workouts can help strengthen muscles, improve balance, increase blood flow to the heart, boost the immune system, and reduce stress, according to Summer Cook, associate professor of kinesiology and senior fitness expert at the University of New Hampshire . in Durham.
"People in their twenties and thirties often set health goals like running marathons or losing weight, but as they age they shift their priorities to maintaining good health, not necessarily athletics or looks, but improving the ability to do their daily chores too do activities, "she said in a university press release.
Inactivity can exacerbate existing health problems. Therefore, it is vital for older adults to find ways to get extra exercise beyond their typical daily activities.
"My goal is to keep older adults as independent as possible as they get older," said Cook. "And while most seniors don't get out of the house that often these days, it's important to know that there are still many opportunities to work on their health at home."
The first thing older adults should do is talk to their doctor about an exercise plan to make sure it's safe and effective. Emphasis should be placed on low-impact exercises that promote balance, flexibility, and strength, Cook advised.
Take walks with friends while following COVID-19's safety guidelines (masks and social distancing). Look for online or Zoom exercise classes specifically for older adults, she suggested.
Along with the physical benefits, exercising with others outdoors or through online classes can help ease the social isolation older adults may experience during the pandemic.
It's important to start slowly and build slowly to avoid injury and boredom, Cook said. In general, physical activity is safe and healthy for seniors and can help with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
SOURCE: University of New Hampshire, news release, Jan. 21, 2021
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