Benefits of Physical Activity
Today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, making it a perfect day to focus on the importance of exercise. There are plenty of benefits of physical activity for people of any age, but let’s highlight some specifically for seniors:
- Improves physical ability for everyday tasks
- Helps reduce the risk of falls
- Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis
- Improves heart health
- Can help reduce blood pressure
- Boosts mood to help combat anxiety and depression
Exercises for Seniors
We already know the importance of physical activity, but we also have to remember it is equally important to be safe while exercising. This means choosing exercises that work for you based on your age and physical fitness, while also considering any injuries or physical limitations that may impact your ability. It is also important to talk with your physician before jumping right into a new exercise routine.
Some of the best exercises for older adults include:
- Water aerobics
- Seated exercises, such as toe taps and heel raises or seated yoga
- Resistance band workouts
A Healthy Diet
Exercising is only part of what it takes to live a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet is another very important part, and the definition of healthy eating changes a little as you age. The National Council on Aging put together a list of six tips for eating healthy as you get older.
- Know what a healthy plate looks like
- Look for important nutrients, such as lean protein, fruits and veggies, whole grains, and low-fat dairy
- Read the nutrition facts label
- Use recommended servings
- Stay hydrated
- Stretch your food budget
So let today be the first day of a healthier lifestyle! Check out these additional resources to help you get started.