Look around at any group of active people, and what do you see? Nine times out of ten, you will see a bunch of happy, smiling or laughing faces. And when they are in the senior living space, not only is the activity fun but in most cases, it comes with tons of other benefits.
♥Improve your health by lowering your cholesterol, lowering your blood pressure, developing stronger bones, reduce your risk of a heart attack.
♥Help you feel better, increase your mood, help you feel more relaxed due to the endorphins released by your body during exercise.
♥Improve balance, strength, and mobility.
♥Clear your mind, due to the blood flow to your brain.
♥Help avoid or prevent depression.
♥Promote better sleep.
♥Promote joint support (walking)
♥Help you maintain your weight.
♥Help your social life, if you exercise with a friend or a group of people.
→Check with your doctor first and get a complete check-up before starting a new exercise program.
→Start slowly, even a daily 10-minute walk helps.
→Be consistent and gradually build up a few extra minutes a day, challenging yourself.
→Include some weight training at least two days a week, to build muscle tissue and strengthen bones.
→Find an exercise buddy.
→Try new things. Golf, bocce ball, tennis? Why not?
→Set up measurable goals for yourself. Your first goal may be to exercise every single day. Or to sign up for a local race or walkathon.
→Keep a journal to track your progress. Note how you feel.
Things to consider:
- Some activities may have a high cost. Consider activities within your budget.
- It takes 3-4 weeks to form a habit. Set your goals and be persistent. Before you know it, exercise will be as natural to you as brushing your teeth.
- However, if you have to miss a day or more due to illness or other events, give yourself permission to skip the gym, and promise yourself that you’ll pick it up again as soon as possible.
- There is no “one-size-fits-all” type of activity. Each person enjoys or is able to perform some exercises, but not others. If you don’t enjoy an activity, move on to something else.