As you get older, its important to still remain active. It’s only natural to slow down and let your life become more relaxed but keeping fit and active can have many positive benefits to your life. Bathing Solutions have commissioned me to share a few tips on how you can stay active as you grown older, so here are my thoughts.
It’s a fairly simple concept but keeping active in a simple way is often the easiest. Walking around your house, doing some cleaning or cooking, is a good way to keep fit. However if you can manage to make a small walk outside each day, this will really help to keep you physically active and provide you with the benefits of fresh air.
Senior Sports or Fitness Clubs
There are so many clubs, run by gyms or even independently, that are geared towards gentle exercise. These can help to keep you motivated, provide fun and of course a way to socialise and make friends. Sports and aerobics in the water means there is less weight and stress on joints.
Practising yoga at home or even at a club, is a fantastic way to keep active and flexible. Poses help with breathing and stretching. Moving through the poses helps with strength, flexibility and balance.
If you hate exercise
Sometimes it isn’t always easy to get yourself in the right mindset for exercising but there are plenty of things you can do to distract yourself from thinking about the exercise part too much. Listening to music while dancing around your lounge, having an audio book playing while you lift some weighs, window shopping while walking up and down the high street or in the shopping centre, watching a movie or tv show while on a treadmill, and walking or playing fetch with a dog.
On top of all this you should focus on short term goals. This can be improving your mood, raising your energy levels or reducing your stress. Remember to reward yourself. Choose something to look forward to and reward yourself after you have completed your exercise. Keep a log of your activities. This will help you to remember what you have achieved but also to keep you motivated and remind you when to do more. Exercise with a friend. Working out with a friend or family member can help you feel more sociable as well as keeping you on track and encouraging each other.
Don’t forget that even if your life revolves more around taking vacations in the later years, there are still plenty of ways to exercise. Many hotels have fitness suites and/or swimming pools. Remember to take your comfy clothes or swimming costumes. Sight seeing and seeing local tourist attractions is also a great way to keep on the move and get your walking every day.
A recent study showed that physical activity was the number one contributor to longevity. However its not just about adding extra years to your life, but instead adding extra life to your years.