Health/wellbeing

HOW CAN SENIORS BE FIT?

FITNESS HAS NO AGE

It can be difficult to stay active as our bodies slow down, but there are a lot of good ways to keep active.

Just because you are a senior does not mean that your options for fitness are any different than a younger person.

If you are just beginning it is very important to get a doctor’s clearance before starting.

As humans we are designed to move and if we do not, we become unfit to do all the things we need to do.

STRENGTH AND RESISTANCE TRAINING

Seniors have issues with a loss of muscle mass namely sarcopenia, as well as a loss of bone density namely osteopenia.

Both of these can be prevented by engaging in resistance and strength traning.

One could very well injure himself, so be mindful, perform slow and controlled movements. Better still engage the services of a personal trainer.

WALK WALK AND WALK MORE

Making it a point of walking as much as possible, instead of driving. Walking can be very relaxing and stimulating.

Walk your neighbours dog or your dogs. Walk to the supermarket if is about 10 minutes away. It might seem a little but it does help.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator has been one of my grandparents best practices for as long as i can remember.

SWIMMING

Swimming is probably the best excercise of all in my humble opionion. Water aerobics are great, it is low impact so achy joints and muscles are not compromised.

30 minutes time frame of continous swimming 3 times a week is ideal for a senior.

The water also provides a slight massage and resistance that can help repair your muscles. Classes are available at local gyms.

JOIN A DANCE STUDIO

Research has found that dancing improves strength and muscle functions in seniors, as well as increasing balance and flexibility, leading to a better stability and fewer injuries.

Dancing is another great activity to keep you in good shape. It provides the much needed social contact a lot of seniors lack, which is a bonus.

TRY GARDENING

Gardening isn’t just about making your house look appealing. Although a little appeal never hurts.

Gardening is a great way to get all the strength excercises you need. It is also beneficial as you get to spend time with nature.

Caring for plants does enormous wonders for our own wellbeing, and just interacting with flora can improve mood as well as mental health.

OFFER TO VOLUNTEER

Volunteering helps seniors avoid isolation and depression. It promotes physical activities as well as good for mental health.

Offer to volunteer at your local library, baby-sit your grandchildren, help serve food at homeless shelters, mentor youths, fundraising etc. It will definately keep you young and fresh.

HEALTHY DIETS (YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!)

Healthy diets is the best compliment of an active lifestyle. Food fuels the body. Without proper nutrition we are left feeling drained and too tired to workout.

When healthy eating habits is adopted we obtain most of our nutrients required naturally.

TAKE SUPPLEMENTS

Food supplements are concentrated sources of nutrients taken as a dietary top-up.

Supplements contain higher amounts of nutrients that you will not normally find in food.

Take supplements especially if you’re not meeting your dietary needs.