As people age, they may become less active and exercise significantly lesser than they did when they were younger. This might be due to aches and pains that cause mobility issues, or because they are experiencing social isolation and have little to no friends to exercise with. Keeping fit is important as it enables aged adults to continue with their regular activities and retain their independence. Exercise also improves balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility, and doing it regularly is the best way to ensure good health. Get inspired by these handy tips for keeping aged adults active and healthy.
Take Long Walks
Whether it is a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk, walking is a great way for your loved one to bask in the sunshine and fresh air. On alternative days, mix it up by visiting a park, a local nature reserve, or an arboretum. Spending time outdoors in nature is beneficial to one’s physical and mental health. On days with bad weather, walking in local mall circuits or indoor walking paths with other aged adults is another way to exercise, socialize, and pass time.
Use Stairs Often
Avoid utilizing escalators and elevators all the time if your loved one is able to walk up or down the stairs. Every step brings them closer to improving their fitness and strength and can bring about subtle boosts increase in cardiovascular activity.
Volunteer to Walk Friends’ Dogs
If you and your loved ones know many pet owners, you’re in luck! Do dog-owning friends a favor and exercise at the same time by offering to walk their dogs when they are ill, in recovery, or have an important appointment to attend to. Just half an hour of being physically active can make a world of difference. Plus, you get to spend quality time with an adorable furry friend!
Get Flexible with Chair Yoga
There are numerous health benefits of practicing yoga, like improving one’s breathing and circulation, and improving joint pain. Sedentary-aged adults who do not want to attend a full yoga session can begin with chair yoga. Doing forward bends or warrior poses in a seated position prevents aged adults from overexerting their bodies or falling over and injuring themselves.
Join a Fitness Class
Check out senior-centered lessons at a nearby gym and consider signing up with your loved one to use the facilities and attend programs together. Alternatively, if your loved one is a resident in a senior living community, encourage them to make full use of the dedicated health programs and engage in fun yet therapeutic activities like water aerobics, swimming, and yoga.
Lead a Healthy and Active Lifestyle with Discovery Village At Naples
Here at Discovery Village At Naples, we prioritize the health and wellness of our residents by offering excellent amenities and lifestyle programs. Not only are they enriching to the mind and body, but they also come with plenty of opportunities for socialization. If you have any questions or would like to take a tour of our wonderful community, our team will be more than happy to assist you and your loved one.