How Seniors Can Stay Healthy With Everyday Movement
July 13, 2023 | Kathy Ingulsrud
Daily movement provides many health benefits that can help older adults and seniors maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. We’ll cover practical and accessible ways that older adults can promote healthy aging through everyday movement. It’s essential to keep these daily movements simple yet effective so you can successfully create healthy habits that are easy to keep up. So, let’s grab a water bottle and get moving together!
walking is one of the easiest ways for most seniors to achieve daily movement; you can do it just about anywhere! Some options are walking around the neighborhood, at a local park or at an indoor facility when the weather is other than ideal. Check out this clip from Minnesota Live on some of the state’s best indoor walking spots. Start by walking short distances and gradually increase over time.
Interesting Fact: According to NIH, walking just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week can help lower risk of heart disease by 19%!
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Get in the water:
Swimming is a wonderful way to move your body, especially if you are a senior with joint problems. Movement in the water can allow you to get an excellent cardio workout while alleviating discomfort.
Move in your seat:
Whether your mobility is limited or not, seated exercises can help improve strength and flexibility for older adults. Here is a great seated walking workout from SilverSneakers to get you started!
It seems like the housework is never done, but luckily it’s another great way to get in daily movement. Regular house chores like sweeping, vacuuming, or light cleaning can help you achieve everyday movement and stay active.
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Play with the grandkids:
Out of all the ways to get in daily movement, playing with the grandkids has to be the most fun! Exploring nearby parks, a game of hide and seek, or a backyard scavenger hunt are great ways to stay active and enjoy time with family.
These are just a few ways older adults can promote overall well-being and healthy aging with everyday movement. It is always best practice to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. Staying active and exercising doesn’t have to be daunting or a nuisance. Take initiative to incorporate these effective and accessible strategies to stay fit, active, and healthy.
Did you know that your Medicare plan may offer additional opportunities to maintain a healthy lifestyle? Contact Twin City Underwriters for more information on what is covered under your specific plan.
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