Exercise is pertinent practice at any age, but as you get older especially! As you age, you may start to feel a natural slow down of your body, and keeping active is a great way to combat that. Staying active in your old age can yield surprising results, such as an increase in mental capacity, improved healing, preemptive disease prevention – such as diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease and stroke – and increased life expectancy.
Try a fitness program sculpted specifically for seniors, like this one, or try these fun, non aggressive, ideas for keeping fit:
- Try aquasize if there are classes offered at your local pool or even in your condo building. Water aerobics have been found to decrease lower back pain. Otherwise, slow and steady laps in the morning or in the evening are a soothing way to get your daily exercise. Try water jogging is you’re finding laps to be too strenuous.
- Sign up for salsa classes with your hubby. Dancing improves balance and coordination, and can even help with memory retention if you’re making an effort to memorize steps and moves. On top of all of that, dance is a great way to have fun and bond with your husband or wife.
- If it’s too cold to walk outside, go to a nearby mall.
- Have your grandkids over. Kids have a lot of energy, that’s just a fact. So invite the little ones over and engage in active play with them. Play tag, hide and go seek, or even invest in a Wii.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that it’s never too late to reap the benefits of physical activity. Find something you enjoy that get’s your blood pumping; and perhaps enjoy some social benefits too!