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Common Myths About Exercising for Adults

smiling senior friends exercising on mats

If you are a senior or are currently taking care of one, you have probably heard some people say that exercising can be harmful to older adults. This isn’t completely true. The benefits of exercising for seniors are boundless! To make most of your exercising experience, you have to voluntarily do your own research about the do’s and don’t’s.

Here are a couple of myths about exercising for seniors:

  1. Exercise can put seniors at great risk of falling. One of the biggest health concerns people have for senior citizens exercising is the risk of falling. But regular exercise actually reduces that risk! Regular exercise builds your strength and stamina, which improves your overall balance. This makes you less likely to fall in general.
  2. Seniors are too old for exercise. You’re never too old to start exercising! And while certain elderly people can be lacking some level of mobility, there are still exercises they can do. Swimming, aerobics, yoga, and simple walking are all great forms of exercising for elderly people.
  3. There is no point in exercising. Just because senior citizens can’t do what they used to do, doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from exercising. As mentioned above, regular physical activity reduces your risk for a variety of conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancers. It can also help you look and feel younger, which makes it worthwhile even if you can’t work out as hard as you once could.