Keeping Active as We Age
Keeping movement going on a daily basis can get harder as people age. Small tasks like stretching, getting out of bed, walking stairs, navigating home life, working in the yard – many of us are not able to perform these activities as efficiently or easily as we get older. But with the right exercises, you can protect your body and enjoy moving more. Some seniors find exercising difficult due to joint pain and/or lack of strength and flexibility and exercising daily could help with these issues.
There are several activities that are not difficult and can help increase mobility if done consistently. Exercising regularly can help reduce pain and stiffness. It also can increase energy levels, improve cognitive abilities and strengthen muscles. Seniors who exercise are more mobile and tend to be less prone to injuries. Finding activities that focus on endurance, strengthening, balancing and stretching can help maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Here are just a few of the most effective exercises that seniors can embrace to help them lead an active life:
- Swimming: Allows for mobility while reducing the chance of injury from falling
- Walking: Always great for your heart and keeps you active in a low impact way
- Yoga: This can be done easily and at your own pace. Helps to stretch muscles.
Always make sure to do activities in moderation and to your own personal ability to ensure you don’t experience any injuries. But keeping active is never a bad thing and with the Fall temps coming soon, taking pleasant walks to enjoy the crisp air is something everyone can consider.