No matter what age we are, exercise, if we are able to, is important to maintaining, and possibly improving, our mental and physical health. As we age, though, it may become more difficult to perform more traditional exercises, like push-ups, sit-ups, and weight lifting, or even to get to a gym for that matter.
Plus, there’s always the “I don’t have time” reasoning.
But working out and keeping your mind and body active doesn’t have to involve difficult exercise or even time-consuming workouts. Studies have shown that walking even a little during the day can help improve our health. In fact, the Mayo Clinic reports that one can burn almost 300-500 calories just by fidgeting around over the course of a day.
Therefore, again if you are able to, take comfort in knowing that “sneaking in” little exercises into your daily routine can be beneficial in staying physical active.
For instance, something as little as maintaining good posture while sitting and standing can help strengthen our core muscles. And in seniors, maintaining a good core is helpful in preventing falls; one of the leading causes of hospitalizations in seniors.
Additionally, using commercial breaks while watching TV to do some light stretching or moving about can help add minutes to your exercise during the day. Instead of walking to the fridge during a break in your favorite program, take a couple laps around the living room.
Finally, if you can get out of the house, try to find a program around town that caters to senior health and exercise. Not only will these workouts be more tailored to your needs, but the conversation with others and social stimulation can help work out your mind as well as your body.
As always, this advice is not intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult with a doctor before beginning any exercise program.