According to the World Health Organization (WHO), regular exercise promotes a healthier heart, stronger bones and flexibility.
Beneficial for both the young and old, countless studies suggest that exercise becomes even more important for those nearing their senior years as it helps in achieving and maintaining a person’s overall well-being.It reduces the risk of diseases, as well as muscle and bone injury.
WHO suggests at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity throughout the week or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity for adults aged 18 to 64 years old.
The Manila Times, together with Sante — a provider of organic health and wellness products — recommends three simple exercises to incorporate in one’s daily routine for better health and well-being.
A type of aerobic exercise that is less intense compared to jogging, brisk walking also gets the heart pumping and the major muscles working. It also exercises the lungs through deep breathing and promotes good posture, improves balance and coordination. It boosts one’s overall mood as well and does not cause too much strain on the leg, foot joints and knees, reducing the risk of injuries.
Having been around for over a thousand years, yoga has since moved from fad to a serious fitness routine. It is a type of exercise that combines focus and relaxation that lowers stress and improves general well-being. It also improves breathing and enhances muscle flexibility to improve balance as well as it strengthens the muscles while promoting weight loss.
An almost complete workout because it exercises almost every part of the body, swimming is a low impact routine that gives the maximum benefits. It strengthens the heart and the lungs, develops flexibility, improves muscle strength and raises brain functions. For older people, it reduces the risk of osteoporosis and arthritis. It can also provide relief from the pain and discomfort for those already suffering from these conditions.