For many people over 60 even the word exercise brings about a feeling of dread and remarks along the lines of “I am too old to participate”. But it need not create negative thoughts if goals are set i.e. an ideal weight; waist measurement and pleasing overall reflection in the mirror.
When many people think of exercise the image of spending hours labouring away in a gym generally comes to mind and this is where the negative thoughts begin. You will find that just 30 minutes three times a week is enough to work towards total fitness and a body to be envied as well as steering away from any negativity that causes many people to do exactly nothing.
With common sense prevailing, starting slowly is essential, so gentle floor exercises for a few weeks are enough to enhance confidence. When ready and not before it will be time to become more adventurous by either investing in some equipment or joining a gym.
Studies have revealed that many retirees suffer from knee pain, and they are often under the impression that resting their legs for hours on end is the answer. However, after sitting for a long period of time getting up becomes increasingly difficult. There is a simple answer to this pain and it is a gentle exercise that will dramatically reduce it.
Stand in front of a rigid chair with feet spaced a shoulder width apart, lower the top half of the body as if preparing to sit down but without doing so just brushing the chair with your rear end and standing up straight again. Do this five times and rest.
This exercise carried out three times a week will pay dividends and, by way of progress, after a few weeks do it with a bag of sugar (or equivalent weight) in each hand. With the same weight sit down on the rigid chair and press weight above your head five times. Not too difficult or strenuous but a good step forward.
It should be remembered that if you have been inactive for some time getting your doctor’s advice is essential before you begin any type of exercise. In most cases your doctor will be only too pleased to advise you to proceed because it will make his job easier and your visits to his surgery will decrease.
Failing to care for your body could result in regular hospital visits and taking up valuable time of medical professionals who could be treating more urgent cases.