Maintaining an active lifestyle is a cornerstone of vital health and wellness. Many of us long to live healthy and active lives, even as we age. With increasing demands on time, family, and career pressures, few of us take the time to make fitness and exercise a priority for the long haul.
The effects of this choice take their toll on us; many of us gain weight, we develop health conditions that make it difficult to stay active, and we may lack the energy and mobility to complete a workout. Certain physical restrictions make it even harder for seniors to engage in regular exercise safely; how can we regain some of that strength and vitality from our youth, well into our golden years?
The following exercises are intended to keep you healthy and active, all while taking into account your fabulous fifties and beyond. If you are a senior who wants to stay active and feel great, consider adding these exercises to your regular workout routine:
Any weight-bearing exercise is going to help you retain muscle tone, as well as provide bone health support for your body. Don’t go crazy with bench pressing; a modest set of 5, 10, and 15 lb free weights will do just fine for most. If you have tender shoulders or knees, talk to your doctor about the types of movements that are safe for you, and consult your medical professional before starting any new workout program.
What better way to get in shape this summer than by working it out in the pool? Summer months are sizzling hot, and working out while sweating profusely is not something on anyone’s “to do” list. The light resistance of water on muscles combined with refreshing and cooling water that improves your cardiovascular health is one of the best ways to work out this summer. Make a splash at your local community pool and get the job done!
Walking – Hit The Road, Jack!
The human body was designed to walk for miles. It is one of the best ways to work out all muscle groups simultaneously while firing up the metabolism, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Whether you choose to get out in nature by yourself for a morning hike or combine an afternoon walk a friend that ends in coffee, get up, and around with a walk, and you’ll find that it is one of the easiest ways to incorporate fitness into your day.
Many seniors complain that they are becoming increasingly less flexible with every passing day. It may be joint immobility, calcification of joints, or compromised muscles that are pulling at you, but the best way to combat this is through yoga. Several types of gentle yoga exist for those of you who have no desire to express your inner pretzel; you don’t have to be intimidated by those lofty postures that you see in yoga studio windows. Gentle stretching and static postures, as well as balance and breathwork, will turn back the clock and get you in shape rather quickly.
Play With The Kids
If you are lucky enough to have grandchildren, you see joy and youth in action every time you are with them. Why not unleash a little of your inner child when you are playing with them and engage in a game of tag, frisbee, or catch? This light but effective movement will not only improve your physical health, but it will also enhance your relationship and create a lasting and happy memory for all of you.
Make It A Daily Part Of Life
Finding ways to incorporate fitness into your daily routine will have you looking and feeling better than you have in years; you don’t have to take the aging process sitting down! You can start today to create a healthier body and a younger-looking you, no matter how “young” you are!
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