Over 60? Here’s How to Stay Active and Healthy.

Why is it a common occurrence that adults over 60 spend most of their day sitting or lying down, when the importance or remaining active and staying healthy is more significant? It can probably be the mindset of taking things easy and having to slow down when you reach this milestone. However, those who fall into the sedentary lifestyle are more prone to the risk of falling, acquiring heart disease, developing obesity, and other conditions that hinder you from moving about and performing daily tasks.

Physical activity is not limited to doing squats, carrying dumbbells, and jumping about vigorously. These actions may only bring about wear and tear, hence, you must recognize your own capabilities, enhance your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Keep in mind to do things within your body’s limitations to stay on the right track, which no one else knows but you! Here are some of the easiest exercises that won’t seem like a chore as you have fun along the way.

Walking

Elderly Walking
Elderly Walking

Sound too easy or too lazy? Exactly. This is why it’s the best and simplest form of exercise! You can effortlessly go the extra mile by walking where you need to go. Take a walk to the park with your dog. Join a group or form one with friends or family members for a fun walkathon. It helps lower blood sugar, reduce blood pressure, improve heart health, relieve stress, and does so much more. Also at this age and for this activity we highly recommend getting a low maintenance dog to accompany you on your walks (that is, if you’re a pets person).

Swimming

Elders Swimming
Elders Swimming

There’s no better time to dive but now, not only into the clear blue water but the freedom life has to offer! This low-impact exercise greatly improves fitness levels gently yet effectively. The water’s buoyancy opposes the force of gravity, which results in very minimal stress on bones and joints. It stimulates circulation, burns calories, tones muscles, and relaxes the mind. The decreased risk of heart problems through swimming along with losing weight helps with diabetes maintenance.

Dancing

Elders Dancing
Elders Dancing

Get moving, be inspired, and dance to the beat! This improves your balance and coordination while you simply jive with the music you prefer. It exercises your mind as well by remembering awesome moves. You become invigorated, refreshed, generally happier, and likely to make tons of new friends.

Cycling

elders on bikes
elders on bikes

You can shove away the thought of having to balance, along with the dreadful back and body pain with muscle soreness, yet still gain all the benefits of cycling. Hop on an adult tricycle and go for a very comfortable and leisurely stroll in the neighborhood, around town when doing your grocery shopping, or simply ride on a cool trike as you breathe in and appreciate the beauty of nature!

Managing to stay fit helps improve functionality, your body’s flexibility, strengthens your bones and muscles, and promotes better mental health as well. Whichever works best for you, make it fun, sociable, stay positive, and make eating healthy part of your goal towards living a long and happy life! Whether you were sporty and athletic in the past or haven’t really looked out for yourself and never been active, it’s never too late to exercise! Besides, you won’t be training to win any competition, but mainly to win over declining health and getting to continuously do things you love most!


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