Since your quality of life depends on staying active as you age, at PeachTree Place Assisted Living, serving the Ogden, West Haven and Salt Lake City areas, we’re here to offer suggestions to help you maintain your physical and mental health well into your senior years. Exercise strengthens your muscles and increases your stability. It can also benefit your overall health and psychological well-being.
Get On Your Feet
Recent studies have shown that constant sitting can significantly impact your health and shorten your life. While starting an exercise program may seem overwhelming at first, we suggest the following tips for staying active:
- Focus on short term goals.
- Reward yourself.
- Start a garden.
- Take a walk or hike.
- Work out with friends or family.
- Record your exercise.
Start Slow For Long Term Benefits
Many an exercise program has failed by trying to do too much too soon. Not only can you end up with pulled muscles, but you can also become overwhelmed and discouraged. Start by exercising 10 or 15 minutes a day for the first week. Then, add another 5 minutes each successive week for at least 4 or more weeks until you establish a habit.
Reward Yourself & Add Some Green
Each time you finish your exercise routine, treat yourself with something that gives you joy. Anything from a latte to a bubble bath to listening to your favorite music can be just the thing to encourage you to keep going. Growing vegetables and flowers, even in a small space, can get you outdoors and on your feet tilling, planting, weeding and reaping the bounty.
Just Start With A Walk
Whether walking around the block or hiking a scenic trail, walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial exercises you can do. Walking at least 30 minutes a day five times a week has been shown to greatly benefit health and longevity. While you’re at it, invite someone. You are much more likely to maintain your exercise program long term if you work out with a friend or family member.
Senior Resources for Staying Active
When the winter winds blow, you may not always be able to exercise outdoors. But you can stay active by checking with your senior center, pool or gym for senior citizen exercise classes in the Ogden and West Haven areas. At PeachTree Place Assisted Living, our residents have comfortable, indoor access year round to many types of movement activities including yoga.
Never Too Old To Start
Don’t let myths about staying active as a senior keep you from staying active as you age. At PeachTree Place Assisted Living we believe that getting older does not have to bring poor health, memory loss or disability. We encourage you to stay active and involved. So don’t delay, start exercising today and stay fit for life. Contact us now to find out more about how becoming one of our valued residents can support your happy, healthy senior lifestyle.