No doubt older people need cardiovascular exercise, but as you age, you have to be on top of your body and its limitations. What this means specifically is working with your doctor to discuss an exercise regimen that is suited to your needs. Strength training is also still important, but again, you’re really going to have to clear things with your doctor.
My best suggestion when it comes to a cardiovascular workout or a workout in general for seniors is one of two things. The first is walking, whether you prefer to walk outdoors or on a treadmill indoors. You might also be able to walk indoors at a gym if you can find the right location. My second suggestion is working out in a swimming pool, which is always great exercise.
If we think America is obese now, just wait until all the baby boomers are replaced by overweight millennials and people from Generation X. Obesity and old age don’t mix well for sure, and aging brings on all kinds of potential cardiovascular issues. To keep that heart pumping the way it’s supposed to, you have to make it do the pumping sometimes. In other words, you have to get that heart beating by doing some cardiovascular exercise.
They always tell you to stay active, and that is why I mentioned walking. It’s a great cardio workout for people of any age, and the only thing you have to do is get up and get moving. Walking also benefits seniors in other ways as well. For example, staying active helps seniors keep their sense of balance.
If you prefer not to walk or get in a pool, there are aerobics exercises you can do, too. As a matter of fact, you can always pair small weights with your aerobics to get our strength training in at the same time. Of course, you can do that with walking and swimming, too.