Cheryl Gutshall, Senior Care Director, shares the importance of staying healthy and active as individuals get older.
Physical activity plays an important role in all of our lives. However, as we age, it becomes more important than ever to have an active lifestyle for healthy aging. It is never too late to boost your health and improve your mind. Physical activity can increase energy, manage symptoms of disease and illness, and help you maintain independent living. Exercising regularly can also improve your mind, mood, and memory. If you are feeling discouraged by aches and pains, afraid of falling, or health-related problems, you may be surprised to know that routine exercise has many benefits for improving these conditions.
Physical benefits can help:
- Maintain or lose weight
- Reduce the impact of disease or illness
- Improve mobility, flexibility, and balance
Mental benefits can help:
- Improve sleeping habits
- Boost your mood and confidence
- Strengthen social ties
- Improve brain function including memory
You should always consult your physician before beginning a new exercise routine. No matter what routine you choose, keep these tips in mind:
- Start low and go slow.
- Activities should be joint-friendly
- Modify activity when joint symptoms increase
- Find safe places to be active. For example, walking paths that are well lit, level, and free of obstructions.
Exercising comes in a variety of activities. It can be fun and a great way to socialize! Join a group fitness class, visit a gardening club, or go for a walk with a friend. Anything to get you moving so you can reap the many benefits that can help you age healthy!