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Elder Adults Activity
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Get involved in elder adults activity for safe, fun senior aerobics such as walking, swimming, or pedaling a bicycle; some of the kinder, gentler activities that are fun aerobics for seniors.

Aerobics targets the heart and lungs and improves their function which includes blood flow and circulation, lung capacity, and heartbeat. It is among the best ways to improve health.

But these activities are not difficult. Any activity that gets the heart and lungs working at a higher intensity than normal is good.

However, if you can gradually work up to walking, swimming, or pedaling at a pace that will leave you slightly out of breath, you will have given your heart and lungs a good workout. Even better if you can sustain this level of exercise for 20 minutes or more. But don't worry if you can't do twenty minutes in the beginning. You can gradually work your way up to twenty minutes.

I prefer the outdoors when I exercise because I get the benefit of fresh air and the good feeling that comes from seeing the sky, the birds and feeling the fresh air. There is something about being outdoors that makes a person feel better. I have a friend who says being outside keeps him out of the psychiatrist's office.

Did you notice activities mentioned above involve using your legs. The leg muscles are the largest muscles in our body. When we use them we are getting the best aerobic workout possible. So whatever activity you choose try to use those leg muscles.

Walking

If you choose walking as your preferred exercise, then try to work up to walking briskly for at least 20 minutes. But you may only be able to do 10 minutes in the beginning. Just keep at it until you increase your endurance. Hopefully, someday you will be able to do 30 minutes 3 times per week and more. One thing I know, if you keep trying you will surprise yourself at what you can do.

Swimming

If you choose swimming as your preferred exercise, you can follow the same common sense approach as you would walking or any other exercise. Start out by swimming until you are slightly out of breath. Continue at that pace for 20 minutes for at least 3 days per week. If you cannot sustain this pace for 20 minutes then swim for as long as you can manage. You can slowly work up to 20 minutes. Hopefully you will work your way up to 30 minutes or longer eventually. It is important to set a date by which you are able to manage 20 minutes of sustained exercise.

Bicycling

If you choose bicycling as your preferred exercise, I would suggest an electric bicycle motor for you bicycle. It allows you to pedal only as long as you want to and then let the electric motor take over for you when you get tired. You just flip a switch and the motor takes over. You can charge the electric motor battery on your household current. You can ride from 5-20 miles on one charge depending on what type of battery you choose. It is a great way to get your legs, heart, and lungs in shape and you can ride as long as you want the first day. Just switch to electric when you get tired.

As for me I am saving up for an electric motor for my bike. I've been obsessed over a year now and I hope to have one by the time my husband retires in December so I can take it on our site seeing trips around the USA. My senior friends that have them love them. If you are looking for fun aerobics for seniors: this is the ticket. Any of the above activities are fun senior aerobics.


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