- Walking is a simple yet effective way to stay active.
- Swimming is low impact, which is beneficial to joint health.
- Group exercise classes are a great way to stay in shape with minimal risk of injury.
As we age, staying physically active becomes more difficult, but it's still incredibly important for overall health and well-being.
Regular exercise can increase mobility, improve balance, and reduce the risk of health conditions such as heart disease, heart attack, diabetes, and stroke.
And yet, more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults over 50 do not engage in regular physical activity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends at least 150 minutes a week of exercise for older adults — that’s 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Let’s look at some great options for older adults trying to stay in shape.
Walking is a simple yet effective way to stay active and can be a great way to improve your cardiovascular health. Walking just 30 minutes a day can help improve or maintain health, and if you bring a friend along you get the added benefit of social interaction, which is also known to improve health and vitality.
Tips: Walk during the day if possible and stay alert. Also, stick to sidewalks or paths, and pay attention to the condition of the surface.
Swimming is low impact, which is beneficial to joint health. It’s an endurance-building exercise and helps build muscle strength while providing a full-body workout. Swimming regularly also has a positive impact on mental health, helping to minimize anxiety and alleviate stress.
Tips: Don’t swim alone, because even good swimmers can face trouble in the water. If swimming outdoors, make sure to apply plenty of waterproof sunscreen. And finally, watch your step when you get out of the water, as surfaces can be slippery when wet.
3. Group classes
Group exercise classes are a great way to stay in shape with minimal risk of injury. Exercise classes offer cardiovascular and strength benefits with the added bonus of being in a social setting. It’s a great way to interact and meet new people, which can also motivate you to stick to it.
Tips: Go at your own speed, and try not to overexert yourself. Warm up properly, and make sure you are staying hydrated.
Staying active can add years to your life while decreasing the risk of injury. We hope this information has inspired you to be a more active you.
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