Just because you’re growing older doesn’t mean it’s time to “take it easy” when it comes to your physical fitness! The last Wednesday in May (which is May 28, 2014) is National Senior Health and Fitness Day — so use this as motivation to make sure you’re on a plan to move around and exercise so you stay healthy and fit.
If you have arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other medical condition, you may think you can’t exercise and that you’ll make things worse. Generally, this isn’t true. Exercising is good for EVERYONE — especially seniors. The key is finding appropriate exercises for your health and ability. We’re here to remind you on National Senior Health and Fitness Day that you CAN exercise and that you’ll feel better after doing so!
As always, consult your physician before starting any exercise program.
3 COMMON (ahem) EXCUSES FOR NOT EXERCISING (AND SOLUTIONS)
1. I have arthritis (or diabetes, etc.); I can’t move around to exercise.
While inflammation in the joints from the different types of arthritis can be painful, especially during flare-ups, one of the best things you can do to help ease that pain is to exercise! Other conditions may make it harder (at first) to find a fitness routine to follow, but there are definitely plenty out there to choose from. Talk to your doctor about some low-impact exercises you can do, such as Tai Chi.
2. I don’t want to/can’t spend money on a gym membership.
You don’t have to! One of our 10 Longevity Tips is to incorporate a regular fitness routine into your daily schedule. You don’t need to leave the house to do this: You can watch YouTube videos, rent an exercise DVD from the library (or buy one), or copy pages from a magazine to give you a routine to use.
3. I don’t like fitness videos.
That’s OK. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are still plenty of ways to get and stay fit. Is there a community pool nearby? Start swimming (which is great for aging joints!). Take some time to smell the roses by going on a walk every morning. Find an exercise you can do (perhaps like these 3 Simple Fall Prevention Exercises?) and commit to making it part of your day.
NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY AT AMERICAN HOUSE
At American House, we encourage our residents to stay healthy and fit all year long. Besides the regular and varied activities we do, we also have implemented iBalance machines to help residents stay strong and reduce the risk of falls. To find out what else we offer in terms of fitness for our residents, call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour.