5 Ways to Stay Active as You Age

posted on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Staying active as we age is important to help us maintain both physical and mental well-being. Regular activity can help prevent health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. Additionally, being active can actually reduce arthritis pain, decrease your risk of memory loss, help lower blood pressure and help with ease of mobility.

With so many ways to incorporate exercise into your life, staying active doesn’t have to be hard or expensive. Check out these 5 Ways to Stay Active as You Age.

5 Ways to Stay Active as You Age

1. Exercise Your Body

Staying physically active as we age can be a challenge, especially when our bodies don’t want to bend and work the way they used to; but exercising your body is actually one of the best ways to keep things working the way they should. The Center for Disease Control recommends adults over the age of 65 get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week. The best part is this exercise doesn’t need to be done at a fancy gym. Stretching exercises, moves that improve balance and strength training call all be done from the comfort of your own home.

Check the National Institute of Health for a list of exercises seniors can do from home and directions on how to practice them safely. If you have any limiting health conditions check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.

If you would like more guidance, group fitness is another great option. Many aging adults find activities like senior-specific fitness classes, yoga and Pilates beneficial for the mind and body. Joining a fitness club or class is also a good way to stay engaged with the community! 

2. Exercise Your Mind
Almost as important as physical exercises, exercising your mind can help keep your mind sharp and assist with memory. To stimulate your brain, read a new book and set a goal for completion, begin a new puzzle or start doing crossword puzzles. Another option is to sign up for a community class or online learning course that you can take from the comfort of your own home. Continued learning is an important part of active aging.

3. Pick Up a New Hobby
Another way to stay mentally and physically active is to find a new hobby. This will not only stimulate the mind with new learning, but can get you moving and out of the house. Some hobby ideas include photography, nature walks, quilting, traveling, biking or learning how to play a musical instrument.

A new hobby can also keep you engaged in the community! Many communities offer continued learning courses, clubs or interest groups that you can join to learn more about your new hobby and stay connected with the world around you.

4. Improve an Old Interest
Not interested in starting from scratch? Consider picking up an old hobby or skill and improving it! For example, if you used to play the piano, brush up on your skills. You may be surprised at how much of this old skill you still remember.

5. Find an Activity Partner
Being active with your spouse, a friend or a family member can help you stay motivated to keep active. Maybe your grandchild is interested in going on a bike ride with you once a week, or you and your best friend want to take up yoga – maintaining a schedule and having a partner join you is a great way to stay dedicated.

WelseyLife at Home Helps You Stay Active

WelseyLife at Home can help keep you active and independent at home. Through ongoing or day-to-day support, WesleyLife at Home can help with transportation to and from classes or other events, light household chores, meal preparation and home assessments to ensure your safety. To learn more about the services and the Iowa communities we serve, click here or call (515) 971-2777.

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