Exercise has been shown to help people maintain a balanced weight, fight diabetes, and improve overall brain health. Most Austin seniors know that working out is important, but the question is, are we doing it properly?
Below is a list of four common mistakes that seniors make while exercising:
Not Stretching – Stretching before a workout is very pertinent—especially for older adults and the elderly. As we age, we develop a higher risk for muscle and tendon injuries. Stretching helps to get the blood flowing and to increase range of motion. Be careful not to stretch too far too quickly, as static stretching prior to warming-up can cause injuries.
You Get Bored – A common mistake Austin seniors make is getting into an exercise routine that lacks diversity. While consistency is important for maintaining fitness, losing motivation and not working out is something you want to avoid. To keep things interesting, try adding variety into your exercise regimen. If you enjoy jogging or walking, try exploring somewhere new every week. If you’re the type of person who prefers the gym, try mixing in new exercises and machines to keep your workout interesting.
Not Warming Up – Similar to stretching, warming up becomes even more important as we age. A light jog or other warm-up exercise can increase the flow of blood and oxygen. This helps us perform at a higher level and it helps us avoid injury. Be careful of your warm-up exercises being too vigorous; you want to put forth the most energy into your primary exercise routine.
Dehydration – Mild dehydration can lead to a significant reduction in physical performance. It’s important to stay hydrated before, during and after a workout. Keep in mind that it’s possible to get dehydrated without feeling thirsty, so make sure to sip on water even when you feel fine. One relatively unknown fact is that cold water takes longer to hydrate the body than room temperature water.
Home Care Assistance of Austin wants to know, have you made any of these exercise mistakes?