To build a strong immune system doctors recommend that you maintain a moderately active lifestyle. This is especially true when discussing senior health. After the age of 50 any physical activity that you do consistently throughout the week (e.g. walking, jogging, swimming, yoga, weight training) will help get rid of the excess toxins that build up in your body.
Tips for Starting a new Routine
Before you start a new exercise routine you should talk to your doctor to make sure you’re healthy enough to handle it. If so, your goal should be to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise each day or 150 minutes per week. This will help boost your immunity. To ensure that you meet your goals here you may want to keep a journal or use an app to track how you’re doing.
If you discover that you don’t have enough time to meet your goal, you should try including small, 10-minute blocks of exercise throughout your day until you’re able to do a consistent 30 minutes of exercise. As you do so, make sure you also work the different areas of your body. A great way to do this is to take a 10-minute jog in the morning; a brisk, 10-minute walk at lunchtime; and then go for a 10-minute bike ride in the evening.
Types of Exercise to Benefit Your Senior Health
Some of the best types of exercise to consider for your senior health include:
• Walking: A brisk daily walk is best for elderly people who need help building their immune system. It’ll also help you lower your risk of developing things like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, depression, or cognitive decline of any type. Walking 20 – 40 minutes daily also strengthens your back, helps you lose weight because it increases your metabolism, and it also leaves your body less inflamed.
• Biking: Studies have shown that women cyclists over the age of 20 T-cells don’t shrink as quickly nor do they have less of them being produced. Instead these women have more T-cells, better muscle mass, stable body fat, lower cholesterol, higher immune systems, and are stronger overall.
• Swimming: This low impact exercise is great for senior health because it provides you with a cardiovascular workout and increases your white blood cell count which keeps your immune system healthier.
• Strength Training: A certified trainer who helps you identify the right movements and shows you how to properly exercise here with things like weight machines and resistance bands is beneficial.
• Yoga: Time has shown that this is one of the best natural immunity boosters there is. This is because yoga relaxes your body and your mind. Asanas that increase energy flow to your neck are best for increasing your immunity.
Tips for Maintaining Good Senior Health Overall
When your doctor tells you, you’re cleared to start exercising, there are a few tips you’ll still want to keep in the forefront of your mind. These include:
• Don’t undertake prolonged, strenuous bouts of activity as they can cause harm. Start with a short duration and build your way up to longer workout sessions as your body allows.
• Be on the lookout for things like rapid heart rate, faintness, extreme body aches, difficulty breathing, chest pain, or wheezing. These are signs that you should stop exercising and seek immediate medical attention.
• Make sure to include rest in your exercise regimen. It’s important to always have time to have recovery periods built in between your workout sessions.
It’s also important to take good care of your hearing health. For this you should make an appointment with Countryside Hearing Aid Services. They have helped many people take care of their senior health over the years and they look forward to helping you as well.
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