Benefits of Sports for Elderly
Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind. Regarding sport is not limited to young people, it’s even strongly recommended for the elderly.
From the age of 50, muscle mass and overall strength are reduced by 40 up to 50% depending on everyone. Gaining weight easier is common, shortness of breath gets higher, and physical balance gets weaker. Staying inactive could be risky for the elderly so soft exercise as per your health condition can be a great therapy.
This days my mom is visiting us to Abu Dhabi and i am happy to understand her needs and interest of making sport and how to motivate her to exercise safe, because yes, this can help her extend the quality of her life. Also she knows that exercise can help maintain her independence to continue to do the things that she enjoy like example to come regularly to visit me here..:))
Why Sport? Because reduce the risk of gaining weight, reduce stress and prevent heart diseases, decrease cholesterol, fight against the osteoporosis, maintain and improve muscle mass, improve mood, self esteem and immune system.
Before devoting yourself to a new physical and sports activity, it’s necessary to know and consider your abilities.
Dont forget!!! It’s important to talk with your treating doctor who knows the best your health condition whenever u increase your sport activity level in order to verify if the activity is adapted to your health condition.
Dont forget! Drinking daily enough pure water and eating healthily, combined with regular physical activity, can help a person live a full, active life, preserving independence into older age.
Is important to balance the food intake with physical activity keeping an eye on your meal portion size, if you are less active choose smaller serving sizes.
As per individual health condition and doctor recommendations, if possible to include in daily meniu: organic fruits and vegetables, protein foods (help to make new cells and keep your muscles healthy), a carbohydrate food (whole grain bread, rice, potato) at least of one of the daily meals (high fibre options is great), healthy fats.
Recommended sports for the elderly by Mihaela? Brisk walking (15 min per day, 3 days per week will be great), aqua gym, slow biking, supervised indoor fitness activities.
In attached photo and videos my lovely mom, 75 years old.