This article will discuss why preppers probably should change the nature of their workouts as they age. This article also will discuss reasons for these changes and will give examples of such changes.
During their younger years, exercise enthusiasts often have contests with friends to see who can perform the best at exercises such as the bench presses and the leg squats. Memories of how much exercisers achieved in younger years can be unrealistic benchmarks of how much those exercisers should expect to achieve during their middle age, and especially after that, during their senior years. Such benchmarks might result in injuries that can cause long or even permanent, forced absences from exercise. In general, middle aged and senior citizens probably would do well, when performing weightlifting exercises, to use lighter weights and more repetitions than they used when they were younger. This acceptance of an aging body is important for any type of exercise.
Middle aged and senior citizens’ bodies are not as flexible as are young bodies. This reduced flexibility makes them more prone to injuries. Middle aged and senior citizens, therefore, should make sure that they warm up well before starting their exercises. Middle aged and senior citizens also should make sure that they do stretching exercises every day.
During their younger years, exercisers had the energy and recuperative powers to exercise longer and more intensely than they are able to intelligently exercise during their middle age and senior years. Exercising as long and as intensely during their middle age and senior years as they exercised when they were younger can result in overtraining.
Some exercises will not be appropriate for everyone who is of middle age or old age. Those with heart or arthritis problems, for example, might have to walk, bicycle, or swim instead of run. Those with balance problems probably should use a stationary, indoor bike rather than a regular bike. If those with poor balance use a pool with slippery surfaces around the pool, even swimming can be dangerous.
Outdoor exercises can involve extreme temperatures during the winter and the summer. Middle aged and senior citizens lose some of their ability to adapt to extreme temperatures, and they should have the option of exercising in a climate controlled, commercial gym or home gym.
Certain medications require that exercise routines be altered. Thus, consulting with a doctor might be a good idea. When people take hypotensive medication, for example, they can lose consciousness when standing, after a bout of exercise. Also, extremely frail senior citizens might want to do exercises from a sitting position. That could mean riding a stationary bike instead of walking.
All of these cautions are not meant to discourage middle aged and senior citizens from exercising. Preppers will want to be at their physical best during a disaster.
Disaster preparation, however, is not the only reason for middle aged and senior citizens to exercise. Jack LaLanne said it best when he said, “So many older people, they just sit around all day long and they don’t get any exercise. Their muscles atrophy, and they lose their strength, their energy and vitality by inactivity.”