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Doctor insights on: Low Impact Aerobic Exercises For Senior Citizens

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What are some low impact exercise for seniors?

What are some low impact exercise for seniors?

Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. ...Read more

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How does aerobic exercise impact cholesterol levels?

How does aerobic exercise impact cholesterol levels?

Depends on how much: And your genetic predispositions but on the high end, with regular intense exercise, you could decrease your LDL(bad cholesterol) by up to 15% and increase your HDL(good cholesterol) by up to 20%. ...Read more

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How can you lower cholesterol numbers when a low fat, low cholesterol diet and aerobic exercise don't work?

How can you lower cholesterol numbers when a low fat, low cholesterol diet and aerobic exercise don't work?

Medications: If you are doing all the right things and still have a high cholesterol, you may need cholesterol lowering medications - statins. These are very effective and generally safe with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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What are some stomach exercises for senior citizens?

What are some stomach exercises for senior citizens?

Many kinds: There are many kinds of exercises that can strengthen the "core abdominal and back muscles. My favorite happens to be yoga but pilates also strengthens the core very well. I usually recommend that people who do not exercise alot or at all start with a beginner class in yoga or pilates and work up. Also it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program ...Read more

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What does Aerobic and resistance exercise mean?

What does Aerobic and resistance exercise mean?

See answer: Aerobic exercise (aka cardiovascular exercise) is various sustained exercise (jogging, rowing, swimming, cycling, etc) that stimulates and strengthens the heart and lungs, thereby improving the body's endurance and utilization of oxygen. Resistance exercise is designed to increase the body's strength, power, and muscular endurance (free weights, weight machines, body weight, elastic bands, etc). ...Read more

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Is walking a good aerobic exercise?

Is walking a good aerobic exercise?

Yes: It is a great place to start. A brisk walk for 45-60 minutes on a regular basis will greatly enhance your weight loss and overall fitness and cardiovascular health. ...Read more

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Is aerobic exercise better than HIIT?

Is aerobic exercise better than HIIT?

Different: High intensity interval training is very efficient and serves to also improve your aerobic potential, but realize, due to the vigorous nature of HIIT, you may more readily succumb to overtraining if this your only training technique. In an ideal world your training would include various techniques including HIIT and steady state(aerobic) training. ...Read more

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What are the best exercise plans for seniors?

What are the best exercise plans for seniors?

Exercise for seniors: It is best for seniors to check with their physician before launching a program of excercies. Many of us jump in too fast, over-do it, and fail. Remember it is a gradual, cumulative benefit; needn't rush, be consistent most of all. Water based exerc is good for old joints and muscles, swim, water aerobics, "walking." weight training done right is great, keep u out of wheelchair and active. ...Read more

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I heard exercise improves memory in seniors. How?

I heard exercise improves memory in seniors. How?

Blood flow: By increasing blood flow to the brain and thereby increasing oxygenation and metabolism, memeory can improve. I would also add that there may be benefit from improved mood and overall increased vitality. The other benefit is that as you increase exercise, you are more engaged and less bored, this improves memory as well. There are probably other reasons such as hormones, etc but those r basics. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for seniors in wheelchairs?

What are some good exercises for seniors in wheelchairs?

Upper trunk: Shouldrs & neck. Lifting arms on your side & make rounds front & back. Lift up & down with small weights. Deep breathing & hold for 8 to 12 sec. There are many. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises for seniors to build strength?

What are the best exercises for seniors to build strength?

Many types: Seniors can benefit from low weight, high rep exercises to build strength. Also, building core strength is essential to maintain strong bones. Also, balance exercises are important to prevent falls. Tai chi is a great example of how to do core exercises without weights and balance exercises at the same time. ...Read more

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Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or lifting weights?

Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or lifting weights?

Different: As one isn't necessarily better than the other. They serve different purposes and ideally you would incorporate both resistance training along withe aerobic training into your exercise routine. This allows you to reap the most benefits and fits in alignment with the American Heart Associations optimal exercise recommendations. ...Read more

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Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or strength training?

Which is better for you: aerobic exercise or strength training?

Not necessarily: Either. They serve different purposes and, remember, if you cut down your intensity(amount of weight) and increase volume(repetitions) and reduce rest intervals, weight training can be quite aerobic too. In a perfect world your exercise regimen would be a combination of both, which is why there is a strong movement towards aerobically focused resistance training. ...Read more

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What is the best aerobic exercise i can do to take care of my spine?

What is the best aerobic exercise i can do to take care of my spine?

Whatever you find : Most comfortable and enjoyable with cross training recommended to avoid overuse injuries. Swimming, biking, walking, jogging along with the use of various gym equipment except possibly a rowing machine. In addition, stretching routinely and core strengthening exercises should be part of your routine. ...Read more

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Are there any cons to strength training compared to aerobic exercise?

Are there any cons to strength training compared to aerobic exercise?

Do both: Ideally you should be doing both, since strength training will maintain muscle mass, while aerobic exercise maintains cardiovascular health. Only doing one or the other would miss out on the benefits of each one. ...Read more

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Should I do aerobic and anerobic exercise or should I choose one only?

Should I do aerobic and anerobic exercise or should I choose one only?

Exercise: A blend of aerobic and anaerobic will benefit you most. Some muscle fibers are more aerobic, some are more anaerobic. Including both will be to your overall benefit. ...Read more

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What is the difference between aerobic exercise and strength training?

What is the difference between aerobic exercise and strength training?

What are your goals?: Aerobic exercise designed to elevate heart rate and improve stamina. Strength training can include many types of exercise including eccentric training. This will assist in building muscle bulk. Aerobic can include biking, jogging, walking swimming. Strength training usually will require resistance training. ...Read more