Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5 Ways to Keep your Senior More Physically Active

The last Wednesday in May is National Senior Health Fitness Day. In recognition of this day, as well as the importance of maintaining an active lifestyle year round, we’re taking a closer look at ways that seniors can stay physically active. Exercise can be a great way to keep bones and muscles strong, alleviate joint pain, improve flexibility, and increase range of motion. Just because you are getting older does not mean that you have to sit idly and watch the world pass you by. It’s time to get up and get moving.

1. Walking
This is one of the easiest ways to stay active. Take stroll around the neighborhood, mall, or on a favorite walking trail. Explore some of the parks and outdoor areas around Asheville to see what is available where you live. You can also use a treadmill for when you want to stay indoors. Choose a comfortable pace that still gets your heart pumping.

2. Biking
This is another good way to get in some cardio. Biking can be easier on the joints for some people than walking or jogging and gives them another alternative to change up their workout. Before getting on a bike make sure that your balance and coordination are good enough to keep you safe.

3. Swimming
Cool off during the summer and also stay in shape. There is little resistance with swimming so it can be appealing to those with arthritis or other joint problems. It is a great way to relax and tone muscles while improving flexibility.

4. Machines
A gym or fitness center will also have a variety of machines that you can use to focus on different areas. Resistance training can be a great way to build strength which can in turn improve balance. With greater balance you help to prevent falls. It can also allow you to remain more independent because daily activities may be easier with improved strength.

5. Yoga
Enhance flexibility with this gentle form of exercise that is easier on muscles and joints. Not only will you be stretching, but it can help you to focus on each part of your body and controlling how it moves. Yoga can also enhance range of motion which can support you in staying more active.

Try to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine and stay active. Find a workout buddy who will not only hold you accountable and provide companionship, but will also be there to keep you safer. You can look out for and help each other. It can be more fun exercising with a friend and give you the chance to catch up with one another. You can also look for different senior fitness programs available in the community. These can give you more options and are geared toward the needs and abilities of older adults.

If you or a loved one is a bit unstable or needs assistance around your Hendersonville home due to mobility, strength, or memory issues, senior care through Always Best Care can be a great option. A highly qualified in-home caregiver can provide the level of assistance you need to support your independence and safety in your own home. Call us at (828) 989-7263 or visit us online for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

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