The Senior Woman’s Guide to Heart-Healthy Exercise

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Mature Couple Running on BeachIt’s no secret that regular exercise is good for you, no matter your age. For women, exercise as it relates to heart health is an important consideration to make, especially as we age and enter our senior years. Staying active is a key component for maintaining a healthy heart.

Even if you haven’t been active for some time, it’s never too late to start. Exercise doesn’t have to happen at the gym; even a walk around the block can do wonders for your fitness.

Where to Start

Being active and exercising your body doesn’t mean you need to start doing push-ups. Opting for simple ways to remain active is a good way to keep yourself independent. Using stairs instead of an elevator, choosing to walk rather than drive and good old-fashioned household chores are all good ways to keep off the couch.

Once you’ve gotten used to being active in your everyday life, you’ll be able to move on to designing an exercise plan that fits your needs and abilities.

Making a Fitness Plan

As a senior woman, you should mix your exercise between moderate aerobic exercise and resistance exercise. Both aerobic and resistance exercise promote heart health, as well as overall health and well-being.

  • Moderate aerobic exercise can consist of brisk walking, bicycling or dancing.
  • Resistance exercises build your muscles and include squatting, push-ups and weight lifting.

Structured, regular exercise strengthens your heart’s functioning, which in turn helps you lead a long, healthy life.

Yoga is often recommended for senior women concerned with their heart health since anyone can participate, regardless of their physical capacity.

Talk to Your Doctor

If you don’t have medical concerns and you’re already fairly active, a daily walking and strength training regimen will benefit you the most. If you have a medical condition such as heart disease, you should consult your doctor first. While exercise can be beneficial for your heart, it’s important to make sure you’re following your doctor’s orders at the same time.