Increasing Senior Stamina
Increasing Senior Stamina
Exercise For Stamina For Seniors
Exercise for seniors is increasingly important. It can lead to a longer life span, prevent a
number of medical conditions and help seniors feel better. However, in order for a sedentary
individual to start and stick with an exercise program, an increase in stamina is essential. There
are several things you can do to increase your stamina.
Start your exercise program by getting a physical. There are a number of factors that can
determine the way you exercise. So, it’s a good idea to know if a change in health is being caused
by your exercise program or by other health concerns. Good exercise programs are comprised
of three factors: frequency, intensity, and duration. If overextend yourself, your
entire exercise program could be in jeopardy.
Check With You Doctor Before Beginning An Exercise Program
Check with your doctor to decide how much of any of these components may be too much for you.
Take your time once you have started. If your goal is to work up to walking for twenty
minutes each day, perhaps start with a ten minute walk. Your muscles need time to acclimate to the new level of activity.
Work with your current health issues. If you’ve had a hip replacement, marathons probably
aren’t going to be the best exercise goal for you. Talk to your doctor to decide what works well
if you have health issues. Choose activities that you like. Forcing yourself to participate in an activity
you may not be fond of could hinder your participation and therefore your progress. Your workout routine should
include at least one activity that you can engage in almost anywhere.
Good Health Equals More Life Enjoyment
If you have to travel for business, or you go on vacation, it will be easier to keep that activity
up by increasing your stamina. Find an exercise partner or join an organization that
promotes your exercise activity. You’re more likely to stay with it if you have people to help
motivate you. Keeping some type of record of your performance might help you keep track of
where you are and where you should be. Plan long term goals carefully. For example, if your
fitness goal is to go on a three day nature hike, allow your body to acclimate to the conditions
you will be experiencing. Injury prevention is the cure.
If you feel a bit sore from your last workout, it might be best to take it easy during your next
workout. Be sure to include a warm up and cool down period in your daily routine. This will not
only improve your flexibility, it might also help prevent injury. Be sure to rest frequently. If you
need to begin in two fifteen minute sessions instead of one thirty minute session, do it.
Fatigue may make you quit your exercise program, and then you could lose that stamina you’ve
been building. Let your body’s feedback be your guide.
Diet, Hydration And Exercise
Unless your doctor recommends them, don’t bother with dietary supplements. Your diet should
supply your nutrients, not the health food store. Weight training can help with all aspects of
your exercise program. Target the muscle groups you use most. Choose your diet carefully.
Eating too many empty calories can only lead to added weight, which won’t help at all with your
workout. Be sure to prevent dehydration.
During an exercise session, heat is built up in the muscle groups of focus which causes the
body temperature to increase. The body tries to cool itself by sweating. The sweat evaporates
from the skin, and it is that process that assists in supporting a lower core body temperature.
Sometimes, though, this process is not an adequate way of cooling. This is due to factors such as
humidity. As a result, your body continues to sweat, causing further fluid loss. The only way
to replace this fluid loss is to drink more fluid. Prevention of this entire process by consuming
enough liquid both during your workout and during the normal course of your day will go miles
in improving your stamina.
Learn to manage your stress. If you spend all of your energy during the day dealing with stress,
you won’t have any left for your workout. The great news is, exercise definitely helps reduce and even
eliminate stress. One final way to work on stamina is by listening to yourfavorite music. Music can
be very helpful in keeping you motivated during a workout. The more motivation you have, the more likely
you are to continue with your program, which will ultimately increase your stamina!