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Getting Active as You Age
Exercise is important at any age, but the benefits increase with age. Whether it’s a water aerobics class, a walk through the local mall or playing with your grandkids, engaging in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day will benefit your overall health.
Need more convincing? Daily physical activity can …
1. Keep your heart healthy
Adding light cardio and strength training workouts to your daily routine will reduce your risk of heart disease and boost your energy. Want to give it a shot? Do some light movements while you watch TV or see what classes are available in your area to keep your heart strong! As with any new activity, it’s always best to consult with your doctor about which ones are right for you
2. Keep your mind healthy
An active lifestyle can also greatly improve your mental health and strengthen your brain power. Your brain feels the benefits of working out just as much as your body does! Exercise may help prevent or manage depression, reduce stress and slow the progression of diseases like Alzheimer’s.
3. Prevent falls
When it comes to movement, a common (and valid) fear that many people have is injury. However, movement will strengthen your muscles and improve your balance, which can prevent injuries. Group classes are another safe way to move until you feel comfortable working out on your own.
4. Improve your sleep
It might seem surprising, but working out can actually help you sleep better. Light aerobic workouts, low-impact walks or a few minutes of cardio will make it easier to fall asleep once your head hits the pillow!
5. Boost your energy
When your energy levels are low, it can be tempting to sit around or hit the snooze button. However, the more movement you build into your day, the more energy you’ll have over time. Before you know it, exercise will become something you look forward to each day. All you have to do is take the first step!
Ways To Get Active
When it comes to physical activity, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Choose the exercises that feel good for your body, and the ones that you enjoy the most! As always, it’s important to talk to your doctor or physical therapist to find the workout routine that works best for you. Here are a few easy ways you can start today.
You don’t have to go far to get active. In fact, you can start from the comfort of your own home. Use cans, bottles, towels, chairs, pillows and other household items as light weights or resistance bands for strength training, stretching and balancing exercises.
Walking the mall or around the interior of your living center is a great way to get 30 minutes of activity every day. It’s a safe option as well — especially if you rely on a walker. The tile floors and carpeted hallways can help prevent falls. Plus, this is a workout you can do year round — no matter the weather!
3. Get active with your grandkids
Possibly the most fun option on this list is to get active with your family. Go outside for some fresh air, go on daily walks or travel to an imaginary land with your littles. You will fill your cup with great memories and cross physical activity off your to-do list at the same time!