Staying Active as You Age

Staying active will keep you feeling young and keep your body in shape as you age.

Getting older may be a time to slow down and smell the roses, but don’t rest on your laurels. This September, which is Healthy Aging Month, focus on staying active. After retirement, you get to focus on having fun and rewarding yourself for all your hard work. It’s like getting a second chance at childhood, so make the most of it with an active lifestyle. There are many ways that seniors can stay active and physically fit.

  • The first step is always the hardest, but be adventurous. Once you get into motion, it gets easier.
  • Start out simply by increasing your daily movement; try parking at the back of a parking lot or walking around your neighborhood.
  • Learn about different exercise options until you find one that really appeals to you.
  • Walking, swimming, biking, and dancing are good ways to get exercise that anyone can do.
  • Join forces with a workout buddy or try a fitness class so you can encourage others and make workout time double as social time.
  • Find resources in your community, such as a rec center or senior center, that offer unique opportunities to stay active.

All it takes is 20 to 30 minutes a day to keep your body running smoothly. What are the benefits of staying active? Here are just a few:

  • Exercise increases oxygen to the brain and can reduce the risk for dementia.
  • Exercise increases endurance and can prevent diabetes, heart problems, and even risk of falling as balance is improved.
  • Exercise will reduce pain from arthritis, anxiety, and depression.
  • Being physically fit allows seniors to remain independent for much longer.
  • Exercises that strengthen will build strong muscles and prevent muscle loss as you age.
  • Stretching before and after exercise will keep the joints and ligaments flexible and reduce risk of injury.

It’s never too late to start exercising. So make today the day that you start your journey toward better physical fitness. Grab a friend and spread the word about the importance of being an active senior this September. St. Petersburg General Hospital is here to support seniors as they strive to live healthier and happier lives. Check out our online library for more tips about healthy aging, the benefits of exercise, and other aging related issues. While no one can turn back the clock to youth, you can live longer and healthier through exercise as you age.

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