Having to self isolate during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has inevitably taken a toll on many of us. Although we are staying indoors, it is imperative that we continue to exercise to keep ourselves fit. According to a study conducted by Harvard Health Publishing, there is a correlation between being physically active and being physically independent as we age. Older people who are physically more active and who exercise regularly are more likely to walk independently and do other activities of daily living when compared to sedentary seniors.
The unexpected worldwide pandemic may have put a stop to our socialization activities. However, staying safe doesn’t mean we cannot engage in any form of physical activities. There are many health benefits of aerobic exercises for seniors. By adopting an aerobic exercise routine, we can increase our fitnesss, improve immunity levels and offset symptoms of anxiety and depression to ensure optimal mental health. To reap the best health benefits, the recommended duration for an aerobic workout for seniors is 150 minutes a week.
What Are Aerobic Exercises?
The focus of aerobic exercises is to get the heart pumping so oxygenated blood from the heart can be efficiently delivered to all parts of the body. Some aerobic exercises that are suitable for seniors include brisk walking, swimming, cycling and light jogging.
Benefits of Aerobic Exercises for Seniors
Aerobic exercises increase the lung capacity and improve heart circulatory functions. They also improve sleep, lower blood pressure and boost cardiovascular health. As such, regular aerobic exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease.
Good Nutrition to Complement the Benefits of Aerobic Exercises
We all have differing health needs at various stages of our lives but all of us can enjoy the multiple health benefits from doing aerobic exercises. However, other than exercising, how else can one keep fit?
The answer comes down to one word: Nutrition. At The Park Oak Grove, we recognise that the residents of our community have different nutritional needs, and by working with our professional chef, we are able to come up with delicious meals that will meet their daily nutritional requirements. Our food is prepared with enhanced food and safety measures in place to protect all our staff and residents.
Health and Wellness at The Park Oak Grove
Not only do our residents at The Park Oak Grove have meals that are specially prepared to meet their dietary needs, they also receive individualized health care plans where exercises or physical activities are designed and planned by our team of wellness professionals to suit every resident’s health and fitness level. Exercising regularly has proven to prevent heart disease, decrease the risk of falls, improve our cognitive function, and optimize mental health and general well-being. With different physical activities and exercises incorporated into our residents’ lifestyle, our residents are finding it easier than ever to keep fit.