Old age is something that is inevitable. There is nothing really that one can do to avoid it, or can prevent it from coming. It is the cycle of life, and as one grows, the stage of old age comes nearer and nearer. The body starts to get weak and fragile and our level of physical activity also starts to decrease. But how one manages to deal with the old age really depends from one person to another. There are some people who manage to stay fully active even at the age of 85, and some even manage to complete a century and live up to the age of 100. But there are others who feel completely weak and become motionless at the age of 65. So then, what is it that determines this level of activeness in old age, and how is that some people manage to stay fit even when others at their age are dependent on someone else for their care?
The answer to that lies in simple body exercises. Remember all those times when the Physical Education and Training teacher in school used to shout at you by saying that exercise is one of the most important things that one needs to include in his or her daily schedule and regime? Well, the teacher was not completely wrong at that. For those who do regular exercising right from a young age have a higher rate of survival with better life span, and this has been proven scientifically via researches and studies as well. Exercises keep the body fit and the muscles become strong, which means that you manage to remain active till a very old age. Since your body metabolism and heart rate also remain balanced and the internal processes are fit, you also have higher immunity which means you catch fewer diseases.
During old age, the main focus with exercising is to ensure that there is smooth movement without the body muscles being damaged or the bones being broken. This is the reason why diets for elderly people usually have a high amount of calcium so that the bones remain strong. Thus specialised exercises are carried out to help old people. There are many special gyms or clinics or physical training centres that have special timings for the elderly, where they focus on customised exercises for each old aged person. If someone is facing weak knees and is getting dependent gradually on a walking stick, then the focus would be on strengthening of the calf muscles. Similarly, each person needs customised exercises for different body parts.
Some exercises for old people also focus on respiratory or breathing activities, which directly relates to the heart rate and the good and proper flow of blood in the body. Stretching exercises ensure that the body parts do not get stiff and that the elderly people are able to move about freely and comfortably without any kind of stress or pain. Never think that you are too old to exercise, because exercising benefits everyone.