Aging adults can receive tremendous health benefits by maintaining awareness of their health and monitoring/increasing their physical activity levels. The habits of accurately recording physical activity and intentional monitoring of general health and wellness are known to correlate to a higher self-reported quality of life. Read more about the benefits of health self-awareness for older adults.
Physical Health Awareness and Quality of Life
As adults age, their health self-evaluations become less positive, according to research (link). However, the one of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle is an increase in self-reported quality of life.
Older adults should be made aware of their physical health and also the benefits of maintaining healthy levels of physical activity. Since quality of life and physical health are so closely linked, it follows that adults who are aware of and working to maintain healthy physical activity levels have a higher self-evaluation of their health and quality of life.
Easy to Use Fitness Assessment Tools
While diet is a key part of living a healthy lifestyle, physical activity is one of the top predictors of health. A variety of tools are available to monitor and track physical activity levels.
Suggestions from health professionals can help to give older adults ideas for the types of physical activities that are most beneficial. Fitness assessment tools like pedometers, heart rate monitors, timers, and stopwatches can partner with the activities to give older adults a basis from which to gauge their health and physical activity levels and monitor progress.
Encouraging Safe Physical Activities for Aging Adults
Aging adults should speak with a health professional before starting any physical activity program or regime, but the addition of fitness assessment tools can also help older adults to monitor important stats during their physical activity sessions.
Examples of ways to measure physical activity levels include tracking:
- The number of steps taken during a day/activity
- The time it takes to accomplish a task or activity
- Time spent in specific heart rate zones during physical activity
Read More on Benefits of Physical Activity for Aging Adults
There are a wide range of benefits to including physical activity in the lives of adults. Not only does physical activity help to combat a large number of diseases, but it decreases the risk of becoming overweight and the associated health risks.
If you’re looking to learn more about the health benefits and activities that are suggested for older adults, check out the other fitness and exercise blogs on our site.