Aging is a natural process that every human being goes through and it starts from the very onset of birth. However, the actual “aging” is only really visible when the individual is considered to be quite advanced in age. It should be noted though, that the aging process should not in any way hamper keeping an exercise regimen and in fact exercising should ideally continue but at a gentler pace and design.
There are several different aspects to consider when deciding on a suitable exercise regimen for an aged individual and below are some of the areas that should be given due consideration and
understanding before the exercise program is designed:
There is usually a significant loss in the metabolism rate and this
effects the muscle mass which inadvertently eventually turns into
inert depot fat. The slowed cellular metabolism rate would require
a more controlled intake of food, if the body fat content is not to be increased further. With the inclusion and presence of a consistent exercise regimen as part of the daily lifestyle, the individual has a better chance of maintaining an ideal body mass and weight.
The food intake of the aged individual may also lack the nutrients
and particularly the calcium intake and here the presence of some form of physical exercising will help to ensure the said individual adds supplements and other important nutrients in the form of dietary supplements to ensure overall better body functioning systems.
An exercise training program that would be most suited for the
aged would have to take into account the now more fragile state of the body condition, thus content of the exercise regimen should not be too overwhelming and demanding physically and mentally.
Having a good and consistent exercise routine has been shown to not only keep diseases away but has also shown to be instrumental in keeping the individual healthier both physically and mentally.