What are the elderly people’s activity levels? When some seniors are moderately active, they can work out under a moderately intensive aerobic activity. Senior adults should begin slowly, with lighter senior exercises. But strength training is also important. According to the Center for Disease Control, older adults need at least 2 hours of walking and 30 minutes of aerobics on a weekly basis. For two or more days during the week, it recommends strength training or muscle strengthening activities. With strength training, all of the muscle groups including – abdomen, arms, back, chest, hips, legs and shoulders – should be worked.
The second step is to gauge the senior’s level of fitness.
Those elderly folks that are less fit are essentially at a greater risk for injury. Once again, to reduce the risk of injury, take it slow and steady. Try and increase movement slowly. If the person is overweight, he or she is already adding a strain to the heart. Progression must be at a slower rate.
The third step is to consider prior experience.
Whomever you are helping get in shape, be sure to review their condition before they start their senior workout program. How has their body adjusted to exercise in the past? What challenges have they had before when it came to exercising?
• If the senior has a fever, don’t exercise. The core body temperature is increased and could prove dangerous;
• Consult a doctor is the senior has high blood pressure before working out
• See a doctor if any joints are swollen or painful before exercising;