Senior Exercise: Key for Aging Fitness, Brain Health, and Independence
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Surprising Benefits of Senior Exercise
Senior exercise is more than a good idea for your aging parents. Researchers continue to discover contributions even beyond general strength and health.
"In a study appearing [...] in the online journal PLoS [Public Library of Science] geneticists looked at the effects of six months of strength training in 25 elderly volunteers aged 65 and older (average age: 70).
What the scientists didn't expect was what they actually found — that after six months of resistance training, there were dramatic changes at the genetic level. As Melov puts it, "The genetic fingerprint [of the elderly participants] was reversed to that of younger people—not entirely, but enough to say that their genetic profile was more like that of young people than old people."
[Click the Triangular link to start the video below. Hear senior citizens share their experience of exercise for aging fitness.]
"Most of us know that exercise is good for us. It boosts circulation and tones the cardiovascular system. It builds strength, burns calories and reduces depression. It improves insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. It may even help delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. But can you even imagine that it can partially reverse aging at the cellular level."
The benefits of all exercise, even vigorous exercise, apply to senior citizens. But the recommendation is always to have your parents CONSULT THEIR DOCTORS before beginning a new program.
Before You Begin Senior Exercises
1. Have conversations with your parents about the benefits of exercise. You'll find many studies and surprising benefits throughout these pages.
2. Do an informal assessment with your parents about what they can do and where they should start. Begin with 2-3 exercises and repetitions and build up to the number recommended in the videos you will see.
3. Write out a suggested routine with them.
4. Consult with your parent's Doctors -- have them look over the routines and make specific suggestions.
5. Work with your parents or caregivers to learn new exercises. The routines below can benefit seniors of any age or ability.
6. Cheer on your parents for their progress. Be an example by beginning and continuing a regular exercise routine yourself!