Staying Active Is An Important Part Of Healthy Aging

By Anthony Fischer, Elder Care Coordinator

I am sure you have heard the cliché “If you don’t lose it, you’ll lose it”. That is especially true when it comes to older adults. As an older adult it is vital that you get some sort of daily exercise to maintain good health.

The only problem is that most people get tired just hearing the word exercise but before you it out consider this. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “Physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits.” also says exercise “Helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.”

Obvious examples of this are short walks around the neighborhood or participating in a chair exercise program. But similar benefits can also be gained from an increase in leisure activity that could make getting some exercise a little more fun. Of course, you should always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

Most communities have recreation programs that focus on seniors. Your insurance provider may also sponsor activities in your area.

These groups offer weekly and daily activities that help older folks get some physical activity in a fun way. Most programs also offer transportation to seniors who need it.

Getting some exercise is important but having fun is just as beneficial. In fact participating in recreation activities can provide even more benefit that just exercise alone. The National Institute of Health links leisure activity to successful aging because leisure activities “offer a context in which older adults can improve their physical functions, enhance positive feelings and emotions, and promote social interactions.”

Simply put an active leisure lifestyle is not only fun but its healthy too. When you are making your resolutions for the New Year, consider resolving to have a little fun this next year. Your body, mind and spirit will thank you for it.

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