Many young adults make time for exercise in their daily routine, whether it’s an early morning run, a lunchtime spin class, or a yoga class after work. However, most baby boomers had a different lifestyle in their young adulthood and even middle age. Decades ago, for most adults attending a daily yoga class may not have been a priority.
However, exercise is critical for senior health, and it is important to set up a schedule of some physical activity every day in the independent living community. There are many health and social benefits of exercise such as:
- Improved physical appearance
- Increased social network
- Fresh air and sunshine
- Improved coordination
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Reduced boredom
Before starting any exercise program, it is important to see your doctor for a complete physical. Once you have the green light to proceed, start slowly, and be consistent. Try some of the activities below:
- Walk every morning. Better yet, organize a walking group and schedule daily walks around the community.
- Ride a bike. Even if you haven’t ridden a bike in years, you know the old saying – once you learn, you never forget. Please be cautious and take all precautions necessary before hopping on the bike.
- Swim. If your community has a swimming pool, take advantage of it often. Swimming is a wonderful cardiovascular exercise and is easy on the joints.
- Golf. A wonderful way to spend hours out in fresh air while improving your golf game.
- Pilates and Yoga. Even if your community does not offer these classes, you can do yoga and Pilates on your tablet or rent a DVD and do your class in your apartment.
- Weight training. Start with light weights, and make sure you follow proper form. Weight training helps with maintaining bone health as well as good muscle tone.
Make sure that you stay hydrated while exercising. Wear a hat and sunscreen if outside for prolonged periods of time.
There may also be quite a few individuals who did maintain an active lifestyle in their youth. In which case, it makes it easy to pick up the activity again, even after several years, due to something known as muscle memory.
Take good care of your mind, body, and soul. You are your own number one priority.
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