Exercising During Recovery: Essentials for Seniors
Working up a sweat is important for people of all ages. It can help you keep the number on your scale in check, lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of depression and addiction relapse – just to name a few of the many benefits. But, as you age, it’s important to modify your exercise routine to address the unique needs of your mind and body during each phase of life.
For seniors recovering from an addiction to prescription painkillers, drugs or alcohol and seeking to create a new sober lifestyle, exercise is a great way to boost your self-confidence and help your body heal. If you haven’t been to the gym lately or are thinking about how you can get more out of your fitness routine, here are a few important things to consider when you are exercising later in life.
- Improve your balance to prevent falls. Given the fact that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults, adding exercises in your workout that boost your balance are critical. Simple exercises that help you strengthen your core and lower body, like yoga and tai chi, can help you gain strength and flexibility to keep you steady on your feet.
- Add weight-bearing exercises to your routine. As you age, your bone density gradually diminishes, which increases your risk of bone fractures and osteoporosis. This is so common among older adults that worldwide, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 will require treatment for osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime. Though, exercises that involve light weight-bearing activities can help you maintain bone strength.
- Head to the pool. If you have avoided the gym due to aches and pains, you might consider signing up for some water aerobics classes instead. They are easier on your joints and offer a great low-impact form of exercise.
(Note: As with any changes to your lifestyle, it’s always important to first consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program to protect your health – and your sobriety.)
Helping You Recover from the Disease of Addiction
At Champion Center, we specialize in helping older adults overcome substance abuse issues and related disorders. Using a combination of holistic therapies and a 12-step treatment framework, we can help you identify and overcome the underlying causes of your addiction. Contact us today: (844) 394-3767.