It is a common false belief about seniors unable to do and enjoy various outdoor activities just because they are already in their senior years. However, seniors do not have to be professional rock climbers or even body builders just for them to enjoy various outdoor activities, just like hiking. In fact, there are already a lot of different hiking groups consisting of seniors all around the world, according to every senior’s fitness level. Never underestimate a senior’s capability when doing outdoor activities. You might just be surprise they are far way better in doing certain outdoor activities compared to people that are too much younger than them.
Hiking for Seniors
Hiking Activities for Seniors
Health consciousness has greatly increased overtime. Most seniors now are also very aware the importance of engaging regularly in various physical activities to maintain their physical strength and overall health. Hiking has been popular as an outdoor activity for seniors that they can also take as an adventure at the same time. Hiking levels or difficulties are designed according to seniors’ abilities and fitness level. Just as long as seniors will be able to determine their limitations as to which they can and cannot do, then they can safely enjoy hiking outdoors.
Stretching Before and After Hiking
Seniors are more vulnerable and are more prone to injuries and accidents. That is nothing unusual, since it is due to the normal process of aging. It is far from impossible for seniors to accidentally trip or fall down during hiking activities, however, it is not unpreventable. Stretching exercises done before and after hiking are very beneficial to reduce seniors’ risks of any muscle soreness and/or joint injuries. Stretching exercises will also help the muscles and body flexible and it also helps the body warm up for the upcoming hiking activity, which can keep the body in momentum.
Focus Areas for Stretching Before and After Hiking
Since hiking greatly uses muscles in the legs, stretching should be focused in the lower part of the body. Aside from the legs, muscles in the upper back, lower, back, abdomen, and neck should also be stretched. However, always keep in mind that too much in everything will not do you any good. That rule will always apply in stretching exercises. Overstretching or overdoing stretching routines will not condition your muscles and joints, it can just possibly cause muscle tears, pains, and other muscle injuries that can prevent you from going into a hiking activity.