If there were one magic solution to preventing and alleviating many health conditions, would you do it? Physical activity is the closest thing we have to that magic solution. No matter how much you move right now, or the abilities of your body, Oasis has something for you. A well rounded exercise program includes the following elements: Endurance, Strength, Flexibility and Balance.
Endurance exercise is important for heart health and cardiovascular conditioning. Physical activities such as brisk walking, swimming, running or cycling are good examples of endurance exercise. Endurance exercise is an all-encompassing type of exercise that will keep you doing the things you want and need to do, especially climbing stairs or dancing the night away!
Strength exercises are important to keep yourself strong and independent. Making sure your legs and arms are strong increases your odds of remaining independent into your 90’s. You don’t have to be a body builder or lift heavy weights to keep strong. Exercises using resistance bands, dumbbells or exercise equipment in your home or at the gym are great ways to increase your strength. This type of exercise will help keep you able to lift groceries or carry grandchildren.
Proper flexibility helps you with daily activities. Even if you’re not a flexible person, you can make modest improvements to make simple daily activities easier. There are many forms of exercise that focus on flexibility such as yoga and stretching. Perform flexibility exercises to keep you driving and getting dressed. This component of exercise is easy to forget, so make sure it’s a part of your daily routine.
Although all components of exercise reduce your risk of falls, balance exercises can specifically help keep you upright and prevent falls-related injuries. There are specific joints and muscles that affect balance and balance exercises can target those problem areas. You have more power than you may think to prevent a fall. Some exercises that are specific to balance include ankle, wrist and shoulder rolls and lengthening one’s heel cord.
There are many resources available with tips on exercising, but not all are created equal. Here are credible resources that can provide you with more information about safe exercising.
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