It is no secret that as we age, our bodies and minds need to be looked after more than ever. This is down to the body naturally bringing us problems and our minds becoming less active than previously. As new research comes to light, there is becoming more of a focus on Older Adult fitness and the huge benefits that participants can gain from even light exercise sessions.
From using third-party research and our Tutors’ extensive Older Adult fitness expertise, we have outlined some of the main reasons why Older Adults should work fitness into their routines and consider going to a Personal Trainer to look after their health and fitness.
Exercise Can Prevent Memory Loss
Staying active in any way possible allows Older Adults to break inactive habits and helps keep the mind active by activating hand/foot-eye co-ordination and other cognitive thinking processes; allowing the mind to stay younger for longer.
As more people not just in the UK but across the world suffer from Dementia and other mind-related illnesses such as Alzheimers, there has never been a more important time for people to stay active; regardless of age.
A recent study has shown that along with the huge mental benefits that exercise can have for Older Adults; exercise also holds the potential for keeping the body decades younger by increasing V02 levels.
V02 levels decline by 10% every 10 years after the age of 30, and this is one of the main factors in the body ageing at the rate it does.
Although it was previously known that exercise can reduce signs of ageing, it has now been found by the European Heart Journal that running and HIIT based exercise has the potential to boost the strength of white blood cells; one of the biggest determining factors when it comes to the signs of ageing.
This is massively positive for Older Adults, as this allows them to set their own training by going on light runs, and they know that the work that they put in is going to pay off.
A recent study by The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports examined how different physical exercises can boost older Women’s ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADL).
The researchers have said that this is down to dance related exercise activating various mind functions that other forms of exercise do not, with researchers saying; “Although it is unclear why dancing alone reduced the risk of ADL disability, dancing not only requires balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability with such things as concentration, adaptability and memory…”
All together, dance-related exercise holds huge possibilities for older people who are looking to keep fit, as they are able to cover various areas of their general health in the same amount of time and with the same amount of effort; whilst also enjoying their workout.
When it comes to the importance of Older Adults keeping fit, there are enough benefits to keep this article going all day, which is why so many Personal Trainers are becoming qualified to train Older Adults, as this allows them to get involved in an area of fitness that needs a huge amount of attention.
Down to the growing benefits of fitness for Older Adults, it is becoming vital for the older population to focus on staying active, as this will help combat some of the biggest problems associated with ageing.