Staying healthy and getting moving is important at every stage of life, and especially for seniors. While it may seem difficult, it’s something that can be accomplished. After all, age is just a number, and a healthy and active lifestyle can be achieved despite the presence of disability, past injury or low fitness levels.
Why Stay Active?
No matter what age, exercise will help to improve strength and mobility. Inactive seniors tend to suffer from atrophied muscles, poor balance, trouble breathing and are more easily injured. Doing simple exercises can help prevent all of these issues.
Slowing Joint Damage
The most common cause of back pain as you age is due to arthritis and osteoarthritis. Staying active and exercising can help you maintain range of motion and improve flexibility of the joints. It can also strengthen your muscles which helps protect your joints.
Injuries may happen in your day to day life, but did you know that the healing process takes longer as we get older? It is estimated that active seniors can heal as much as 25 percent faster than those who don’t exercise.
Fun Activities for Seniors
Senior Activity Classes
Community centers and local organizations often have classes and events just for seniors. Be sure to look around at local community calendars for exercise classes, golf events, dance classes or anything else that will get you up and moving.
Walk Your Pet
A cat or a dog is a great companion, especially for seniors. They’re loyal and they provide comfort. But, did you know they can also be a good exercise partner? Consider taking your pet for a walk around the block or playing fetch in the back yard. You’ll feel great and your pet will love you for it!
Use Walking Trails or Paths
More and more greenways and bike paths are popping up across local communities everywhere. Take advantage of these areas, as flat, shaded paths are the perfect areas to get moving in the fresh air.
Swimming and water aerobics are a low-impact way of working all of your muscle groups. In addition, it has even been found to improve bone density. This type of activity is perfect for those with arthritis, and previous shoulder, hip, and ankle injuries.
If you suffer from back pain, contact Dr. Cohen, Dr. Torrealba, or Dr. Saullo at the Spine & Scoliosis Specialists.