As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.
This is just as true for our physical health as anything else. As people age, slowing down is normal – to a degree. Staying active, however, can increase one’s quality of life, reduce the risk of injury, and improve one’s mental health.
Why Activity Is Important
Studies show that exercise benefits the body and mind. When you’re active, you experience less stress and an improved mood. Even something as simple as going for a walk around the 38 wooded acres that Wesley Woods of New Albany is located on, can help clear your mind and enable you to focus on feeling productive and positive.
Physical exercise also keeps joints functioning correctly and prevents and delays diseases. Arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes are three common afflictions that can be avoided or minimized by staying mobile.
Ways to Keep Moving
Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or intense to be effective. In fact, there are a variety of activities that life plan community seniors, regardless of age or health, can participate in to maintain physical fitness:
This is a low-impact exercise that requires no training to get started! Walking around the life plan community is a great way to get the blood moving, but it also means seniors can see the sights and make new friends.
Many life plan communities have pools for members to enjoy. Swimming is extremely low impact and appropriate for all skill levels.
Taking care of plants and herbs is doubly rewarding since there will be something to show for the effort. If mobility is an issue, plants can be planted in pots and placed on windowsills instead of in the ground.
Visiting a fitness center.
Places like the Phillip Heit Center offer a huge selection of equipment as well as knowledgeable trainers to help seniors make a difference in their lives. Activities include lifting small weights or participating in cycling classes.
No matter what you choose, staying active is an important decision that can enhance the lives of all seniors.