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Senior Fitness

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Staying fit and mobile plays a large role in senior health. It’s not
always easy to maintain fitness levels as we age. Naturally, our bodies
change, but we don’t want them becoming immobile! Here are some tips to
make your senior years more enjoyable and fit.

As much as possible, continue doing your daily living tasks. Taking a
bath, even if it’s just a sponge bath, gives your arms a mini-workout.
You’re bending and keeping flexible, which is vital for proper joint
health...


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Staying fit and mobile plays a large role in senior health. It’s not
always easy to maintain fitness levels as we age. Naturally, our bodies
change, but we don’t want them becoming immobile! Here are some tips to
make your senior years more enjoyable and fit.

As much as possible, continue doing your daily living tasks. Taking a
bath, even if it’s just a sponge bath, gives your arms a mini-workout.
You’re bending and keeping flexible, which is vital for proper joint
health.

Cooking involves peeling vegetables, some walking, bending to reach pots
and pans. Don’t fret that you may not be able to do all grocery shopping
by yourself. As long as you can continue cooking at home, this allows
more chance for movement.

So, we’re continuing our daily tasks, and now it’s time to consider some
specific exercise.

Golfing provides fun, a chance for walking, bending, and maintaining
flexibility. Even miniature golf allows for some of these tasks, so join
the grandkids if you can.

Perhaps getting out to a golf course isn’t possible for you right now.
Buy one of those mini-putting greens you can use indoors. Even these will
improve your ability to move more freely.

Several times a day, make it a point to stop and work on a flexibility
exercise. For instance, stretch your legs while sitting in the recliner.
Do five or six mini leg lifts or stretch your arms over your head and
hold them there for a count of ten. All activity, even simple ones,
increases your ability to move freely and with less pain.
Check with your doctor about the exercises he or she suggests. You may be
asked to visit a physical therapist who will work with you on improving
your fitness. Therapists have some fun ideas on staying fitter – simple
games you can play in your home with your grandkids, like batting a
balloon back and forth with a plastic racket. You’ll find yourself
enjoying the exercise even more with your children around!

By making a simple choice each day of staying mobile as much as possible,
you increase your chances of living a more independent life.

				
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