Maintaining mobility so that you do not become dependent on your loved ones is something that seniors strive for each and every day. The desire to maintain your independence, to stay in your home, and to control your destiny is something that everyone can understand. One of the best ways to stay mobile and achieve your goals is to keep a regular exercise routine.
Regular exercise and physical activity is good for the body and helps to keep you healthy. It is unfortunate, but true, that those who keep a more sedentary lifestyle are also more likely to suffer from diseases or conditions that affect mobility than those who are physically active. Those who remain active and exercise regularly also recover more quickly from injury and illness. Studies have found that those who face mobility issues are also more likely to face depression.
So let’s get moving and get healthy! Exercise doesn’t have to be a daunting prospect! Simply get up out of the chair and start a simple routine to improve your mobility and your health. Here are some simple tips to get you started:
- Grab a Friend! It’s a fact that exercise programs are more successful when you have someone to motivate you and keep you honest. So grab your spouse, a friend, or neighbor and get moving.
- Try Something New! Check out your local park district or community center and try a new exercise or garden class. Sometimes the excitement of a new adventure is enough to spark to get you going again!
- Add Variety! There are lots of great exercise programs to try. Pool workouts are great for low impact exercise. Yoga is good for stretching muscles and relaxation techniques. Strength training, even with small weights, can help to build muscle tone and increase your metabolism.
- Just Walk! When all else fails, just go for a walk. It sounds so simple and yet a walk can be one of the best forms of exercise around. So walk around the block or even walk in place – whatever you are comfortable with!
Of course, before you start any exercise routine you should speak to your physician. Make sure you don’t overdo it and most importantly – HAVE FUN!