Exercise after 60: Senior Living Can Be Active Living
As people age and become more conscious of ways to preserve health, and as they face issues of decreased mobility, they often focus on healthy eating more than exercise. But another important aspect of healthy living for seniors includes focusing on activities and exercises that can keep you healthy, as well as expand your social communities.
Many seniors may find it difficult to keep up with their fitness exercise, such as running, swimming, and walking, once they have limited mobility–but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your favorite activities. Exercise is a healthy hobby that improves mood, boosts health, and gives social opportunities.
So what should seniors do to safely incorporate exercise into their daily routine?
- Consult a physician before beginning an exercise regime.
- Find exercise programs that are specifically targeted at seniors, or for those who deal with certain health issues (arthritis, sciatica, knee pain).
- Take part in group exercises, often offered at local gyms.
- Find out if you qualify for Silver Sneakers, a health and fitness program designed for seniors.
Keep in mind that exercise does more than just keep your body in shape. Regular exercise has been known to boost the immune system, improve gastrointestinal function, promote better respiratory and cardiovascular function, and so much more.
Getting older doesn’t mean giving up an active lifestyle! Stay safe and you’ll be running circles around the younger generations!