Getting older is a process that we all go through. The body changes and sometimes it’s difficult to gauge what is and isn’t okay in terms of physical exertion. But it is very important to keep the body engaged in physical activity, no matter what your age. Today we will look at some ways to keep your body strong and active because fitness for older age is crucial for your health.
Walking – muscles get stiff and bones can ache. That’s why it’s super important to move those limbs! Start with simply walking around your house or yard, go outside for a short walk, or make a practice out of walking to the grocery store or wherever you need to go instead of driving.
Climbing – if you have some stairs in your home, try walking up and down them several times a day. If it feels like a struggle, make sure you hold the railing and have somebody there with you to spot you. If you are walking outside try walking up a slight incline like a paved road on a hill.
Swimming – we don’t all have access to a pool, but if you do take advantage of it! Swimming is one of the best things you can do for your body. With the aid of the water, you can stretch in ways that you otherwise might not be able to.
Light Weights – do some curls at home with 2, 5, or 10 pound weights. Keeping your arms strong will allow you to feel more self-sufficient at home by being able to do things such as carry grocery bags and open jars.
Stretching – keep your body limb by stretching a little every day. There are plenty of resources out there you can use to guide you such as this yoga instructional video called Yoga for Seniors.
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