To improve fitness and stimulate the body’s immune system, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, the elderly are advised to stay active and regularly exercise at least 30 minutes every day. However, of course the elderly need to be more selective in choosing the type of exercise that suits their abilities and health conditions. Moreover, if you are suffering from certain health problems, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, muscle or joint pain. This was conveyed by the Director of Universitas Brawujaya (UB) Clinic, dr. Fida Rahmayanti, MMRS.
According to dr. Fida, several sports options that are recommended for the elderly include walking, cycling, swimming and yoga. “Walking is the simplest sport. No need to be done too long or far, just walk regularly in the house or around the yard. This activity can increase stamina, burn excess calories, and strengthen the heart, ”she explained.
Meanwhile, cycling is good for increasing muscle strength, bones and joints, and maintaining heart health. “However, in order to prevent injury, it is advisable to use protection while cycling, such as a helmet, hand, elbow and knee protection,” she said.
For elderly people who have osteoarthritis, swimming is the right choice. Because swimming can increase muscle and joint strength, improve blood flow, and is good for heart, brain, and lung health.
Meanwhile, to practice breathing and mind focusing, yoga can be the right choice for the elderly. “Not only beneficial for physical health, yoga is also good for the psychological health of the elderly so that it can reduce the risk of stress or even depression,” she said.
But keep in mind that during this Covid-19 pandemic, the elderly still need to apply health protocols when exercising around the house. “Always remember to wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, stay away from the crowd, and reduce mobilization,” concluded dr. Fida. [Irene/ Humas UB/ Trans. Iir]