With the warm weather so close you can almost feel it, we thought we would take the time to post about the importance of exercise. Physical activity plays a significant role in seniors' health and quality of life. Daily physical exercise not only helps maintain an active life style but effectively prevents multiple diseases. Exercise is also good for seniors' mind, mood, and memory. Without enough exercise, seniors may gradually lose their strength and their ability to stay independent. Regular exercise can build strength and stamina, which reduces the risk of falling. Some seniors are skeptical about exercising because they are unsure of how much physical activity is the appropriate amount, or what exercise would fit them best. Here are some tips to get you started!
1. Pick something that you ENJOY doing. This will keep you motivated to keep at it!
2. Try different things. You might find new passions, and new friends in the process! Just start out slow with new activities, so you are sure that you are not overextending your abilities.
3. Try to spend at least 2.5 hours weekly of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity, such as swimming or biking.
4. Add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscles groups at least twice a week, such as lifting weights or yoga.
5. Start slowly, and listen to your body. Do not push or stretch yourself too hard.
6. Spread out the activities into sessions of 10 minutes or more.
7. Grab a friend, and make them your exercise partner! This can turn this into a social event, and you can motivate each other!
8. Walk as much as possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you can!
My tip for today is to go out and smell the flowers! Take a long stroll, and begin to enjoy the weather outside, while also improving your body and your mind!