In a heavily polluted city, what is the best way for seniors to exercise if they cannot safely go for long walks?
Air pollution can be harmful to seniors, especially those who suffer from asthma, diabetics, and heart conditions. Since we inhale more polluted air during exercise, and prolonged exposure leads to lung cancer and other cardiovascular diseases, it’s recommended to avoid exercising outdoors when the air is polluted. Instead, seniors can work out indoors, like Treadmills; Stretching exercises, Wii Games, and Yoga.
Air pollution can have a worse effect on seniors. Especially in winters, it’s safer for them to exercise indoors. These are some of the ways you can exercise at home. First of all, there’s walking. Even when doing chores, you can walk around the house or your garden, if you have one, and get your body moving. Other options include yoga, dancing, or following workout instructions on fitness apps or Youtube videos.
I think we exercise to keep our body in shape and safe! So, first of all, I must say stay at home while the pollutants are outside! However, I really love outdoor exercises, and happily, I’m living in a small town away from traffic and pollution. But seniors living in large cities must surely take preventive measures and try indoor exercises. However, it may be a good idea to work out in the early morning or late at night when all other citizens are inside. Again, I recommend you, old friends: keep away from outdoor exercises if you’re living in populated and polluted cities; instead, enjoy indoor workouts! Don’t hesitate! You’ll love it!
• Carry your ID in your wallet along with your emergency contact information.
• Take a small amount of cash and your phone with you, mainly if you are walking alone.
• Stay alert and do not talk while walking, and keep the volume low on your headphones.
• Tell others where you’re going and when you intend to be back.
• Walk in well-lit places with other people around. Wear brightly coloured clothing or reflective material and carry a flashlight at night.
• Wear sturdy, suitable shoes for your activity that give you decent footing.
• Walk Safely in Rural Areas and, if possible, walk during daylight hours.
• Choose routes with benches along the way and make sure it is well-lit and safe.
• If you’re listening to music while walking, turn down the volume so you can hear bike bells and signals from other walkers coming up behind you.
• It’s wise to walk facing the oncoming traffic and be aware of uneven sidewalks, which are tripping hazards.
• If the road has guardrails, discover if there’s a smooth, flat surface behind it where you can walk.
• Mind the bridges and narrow shoulders.
• Make sure to only cross at crosswalks or intersections since jaywalking raises the risk of a severe accident.
• Pay attention to the traffic signal.
• Never assume the driver notices you crossing the street. It’s wise to make eye contact with drivers as they advance. Before crossing a street, make sure you have loads of time to get across. Rushing enhances the risk of falling. Look across each lane you must travel and make sure each road is empty before proceeding. Just because one driver stops, don’t assume drivers in other lanes will stop too.
• Check out city parks. Many of them have walking or jogging trails away from traffic.