Fitness is an important component for everybody no matter what age. It is especially vital for senior citizens to maintain an active schedule—which can not only keep their bodies healthy, but their minds. Here are some simple pointers:
- Anything helps. It might seem silly to think that a five minute walk with your dog in the morning could be beneficial to your health, but it is. Any amount of physical activity that you can possibly fit into your day is better than nothing – and you will feel more energized afterwards.
- Start light. If you think that you are ready to move on from short walks or similar activity, opt for an activity that is not too strength-driven. Perhaps attend a yoga or dancing class, which is good for beginners and will get your heartbeat going.
- Don’t overdo it. Exercise is not exactly always an enjoyable experience; however, it should not be to the point where it is painful. Make sure that you are not exerting too much force or energy in your workout and that you are pacing yourself.
- Strength-training is just as important as cardio. While heart-racing activities are definitely crucial to senior citizens’ health, it is also important to work on your muscles, as well. Strength is an essential component in our everyday lives, just with average tasks that we may not even pay any mind to. Try strength-training with the lightest weights you can find, or even utilize household items such as water bottles. This will help keep your muscles toned and useable.
- Remember to stay hydrated. Water is such a key factor in health and fitness, and it is important that you are keeping up with your daily water intake. If it seems like a hassle to constantly fill up a glass or cup throughout the day, maybe invest in a reusable water jug with a built-in filter. This way you do not have to worry about filtering your tap water, and you are spending less time traveling to the sink.
- Stay active with a loved one. Sometimes, it is easier to stick to a health or fitness regimen when you have a friend or family member doing it with you. Not only is this a good tactic for moral support, but you can keep an eye on each other for safety reasons, also.
Ruth Folger Weiss is a writer for Brookside Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, a nursing home in Webster, MA.