The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that regular exercise is beneficial for older people of all ages. Your attitude, self-confidence, and energy levels can all be enhanced by physical activity. Aging adults who engage in cardiovascular and strength training can prevent bone loss, ease arthritic pain, and improve their immune and cardiovascular health. Here is how to encourage residents to exercise in senior communities in Jacksonville Beach, FL!
Make It Fun
Participating in things you enjoy, whether inside or outside, is key to sticking to any workout program. Do not forget to switch up your routine to prevent burnout from occurring. Here are some suggestions to get you going:
- Avoid using the cart when playing golf, instead, walk.
- Attend a Zumba class at the senior or community center in your area
- Stroll through the shopping centers and window shop
- Swimming is among the best exercise for aging adults
- Bike through your neighborhood or a nearby trail
Make It Social
According to a 2018 study, those who regularly walked with friends were more likely to remain with them than those who walked alone. Along with being fun, exercising with a friend or group may keep you accountable. For instance, knowing a friend is depending on you can help you stay motivated to exercise when you are feeling fatigued.
If you use social media, post about your goal or most recent workout to demonstrate your newfound devotion to fitness. It can be enough to keep you motivated to know that people are rooting for you, and you can even encourage family and friends to do the same.
Set Attainable Goals
Some people find it daunting to transition from no exercise to 30 minutes of activity each day. For this reason, setting more manageable, shorter-term objectives for yourself is a smart idea. Also, be clear about what you intend to achieve. For instance, make a commitment to always use the stairs rather than the escalator or elevator during the week. Opt to park farthest away from the store rather than closest. Make a commitment to go for a daily 10-minute stroll after lunch. Start small, then as your confidence and level of fitness increase, set bigger goals.
Track Your Progress
Use a pedometer or steps tracker, a fitness monitoring app, or a journal to keep track of the specifics of your workouts. Wearable fitness trackers have been shown in studies to significantly boost levels of activity. You may track your development over time and assess how far you have come by keeping a log of your fitness activities.
Even prizes for reaching milestones can be included. For instance, reward yourself with something you enjoy, like new shoes, or that new novel you have been dying to read if you log 10,000 steps per day for a whole week.
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