Why is strength training good for the elderly?
Strength training is good for the elderly because it strengthens bones and muscles, improves balance and reduces fat mass. This can prevent or reduce complaints such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain and diabetes. In addition, strength training gives you a fit and energetic feeling. That does not necessarily mean that you have to work in the gym with bars full of iron. For example, the EGYM fitness circle is a very suitable option. You can also combine fitness training with one of your favorite group lessons. Exercise and fun are paramount!
Senior fitness is popular in fitness centers. Exercise is therefore, especially at a later age, important to keep your body in good condition and flexible. Moreover, exercise is good for the heart, blood vessels, muscles and much more. The advantage of a gym is that they have everything you need for a functional and targeted training. And you don't have to do it all yourself. The fitness trainer helps you put together the right training options.
The benefits of senior fitness
If you start doing fitness, it means an improvement for your body. It not only ensures a fitter feeling, but by exercising more you can also count on:
- better posture;
- an improved functioning of the heart and blood vessels;
- stronger lungs;
- smoother muscles and joints;
- stronger muscles and bones;
- better balance and coordination;
- more responsiveness;
- you feel fitter and more energetic.
Exercises for the elderly
For elderly fitness it is especially important to go for a structural program. It is often said that 30 minutes of exercise a day is healthy, and that is true. You can think of walking or cycling, but also more active exercises for fitness for the elderly.
Senior fitness: the most important sport for the elderly
Fitness is the most popular sport for both 50-65 year olds and 65-80 year olds. Other sports in these lists are: running, tennis, swimming, yoga, gymnastics and golf. Research shows that 67% of the Dutch between the ages of 50 and 65 and 55% of the Dutch between the ages of 65 and 80 actively participate in sports.
Gym or at home?
Do you opt for a gym or do you prefer fitness at home? Of course it may be that you prefer the tranquility of home. Nevertheless, a gym also has advantages. Here sports becomes a more social activity and you can also receive good guidance.
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