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Exercise is about maintaining your daily lifestyle, not just being fit for fit sake

Posted Jun 06 2013 12:00am
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June 13, 2013

In all my classes I talk about the benefits of exercise that you can see on a day to day basis.

I find that in adding real live examples to the presentation does a few things with the seniors:

1) it gets them to pay attention to the story because they can relate to it

2) it adds perspective to the idea of exercise they may not have had before

3) it helps to give incentive when they see simple things they can do to improve doing what they want to do

4) it helps them understand the idea of  working to keep the independence they so dearly want to maintain.

Below are a few examples of how exercise plays into your everyday activities borrowed from Helpguide.org.

  • House cleaning, gardening, shopping, and errands. Want to feel less winded while vacuuming or rushing to and from appointments? Doing just 15 to 20 minutes of heart-healthy cardio each day, such as walking, biking, swimming, or water aerobics will help give you the stamina you need.
  • Lifting grandchildren, carrying groceries, household chores. Building muscle mass a few times each week through weight lifting, resistance exercises, and weight machines will help give you more strength.
  • Crossing the street before the lights change, catching yourself before you fall. Power exercises such as tricep dips, chair stands, or other strength exercises performed quickly, can improve strength, speed, and reaction times.
  • Tying shoes, looking behind you while driving, navigating steps. Incorporating basic stretching—even while seated—into your fitness routine will make the most ordinary movements easier. Try yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, or Qi Gong to limber up.
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