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Physical Exercise For Elderly To Prevent Constipation
 
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Physical exercise for elderly to prevent constipation

is common ailment among the elderly. Over and above a healthy, balanced and high fiber diet, with plenty of fluid intake, some physical exercises for the elderly can go a long way in preventing constipation.

Before elaborating on physical exercise for elderly to prevent constipation, it is wise to get some popular myths cleared regarding physical exercise for elderly to prevent constipation:

Myth

Reality

Exercise takes too much time. To get in shape one has to exercise for at least two hrs everyday

One has to exercise only for about 30 mts-1hr., 3-4 days a week, to be fit.

Exercise is for people who have been active all their life.

No matter at what age one begins or how inactive one has been, exercise is always beneficial.

Exercise is for young people. It does more harm as one gets older.

In reality, a regular physical activity program can change a person's level of fitness to that of someone 10-15 years younger.

 

Exercising is expensive

How can walking and simple exercise be expensive?

 

While doing Physical exercise for elderly to prevent constipation, the elderly must also look out for the “warning signs”. You should stop the exercises and consult your Doctor immediately. Some of the warning signs are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Wheezing, coughing, or other difficulty in breathing
  • Mild to moderate sweating, depending on your exercise level
  • Cramps, severe pain or muscle aches
  • Excessive perspiration
  • Chest discomfort, pain, pressure or tightness felt in the chest and possibly extending to your left arm or neck
  • Light-headedness, dizziness, fainting
  • Severe, prolonged fatigue, or exhaustion after exercise

Physical exercise for elderly to prevent constipation, are must everyday. If you are constipated, exercise can help to relax and increase the blood supply to the intestines, thus stimulating peristalsis. Go for brisk walks, cycle, swim or do aerobics to get the system going. Be relaxed while you do these exercises and remember the golden rule

“slow and steady”.

Remember the following:

Regular exercise helps your digestive system stay active, healthy and reduces stress. You don't need to become a great athlete. A 20- to 30-minute walk every day may help.

Enjoy being active every day:

-Exercise helps prevent constipation. This includes brisk walking, stretching, housework, swimming, and riding a bicycle.

-Find some activities that you enjoy. You're more likely stay active if you have fun while you exercise.

Special abdominal exercises may be necessary to tone up muscles.

 
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