Exercise will always be a big part of our physical health and fitness. The importance of exercising only increases if you’re over the age of 60. Regular exercise and activity can help deter a number of common ailments that affect seniors. Here are a few fun but simple ways to stay fit and active. Just do us one favor and speak to your doctor before adding them to your routine.
Take a walk
Believe it or not, it doesn’t take much walking to have a positive impact on your overall heart health. Walking has been known to improve your blood flow, build your strength, and help increase your vitality.
Ride a bike
Bike riding is a great way to exercise because it has many of the same benefits as walking. However, the impact on the knees, hips, ankles, and other joints are greatly reduced. Not only is it exercise, but you can use it as a means of transportation as well. Bike Safety Rule #1 – Always wear a helmet!
Take up yoga
Yoga is an exercise that has been around for thousands of years. People who participate claim that its effects are more than just physical; it also has a positive impact on your mind as well. Yoga is gaining in popularity amongst seniors mostly because it’s one of the more gentle ways to remain physically active. Studies have shown that yoga can help improve anything from flexibility and depression to reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.
Go for a swim
Swimming is not only a great way to beat the heat, but it’s yet another cardio workout that helps strengthen your heart and lungs, and overall level of fitness. If you suffer from arthritis or joint pain, swimming can be a particularly helpful workout for you. If you haven’t swam in a while, start off slow and never swim alone or without wearing your medical alert help button, if you have one.