Keeping active as an older person is important. Assisted living and care homes will often provide activities for older people to help keep you active, but if you live independently you have to keep active yourself. Staying active will help you maintain independence and help you enjoy the activities you love as you get older. The best thing is, no matter how old you are or what fitness level you have, there are plenty of activities for you to take part in.
Why Staying Active Matters As You Get Older
Exercise should be a core part of the daily activities for older people because it keeps your physical and mental health in good shape. It can also help reduce stress and boost your mood. Most importantly it helps you avoid falling which is a huge risk to older people.
According to the NHS, one in 3 adults who are aged over 65 will have at least one fall a year and about half of those people will fall more often. Falls are a serious matter at this age, as they are the most common cause of death in the over 75’s in the UK. Our Better At Home Report reveals that exercise helps you avoid falling and if you do fall, having stronger bones will help you avoid a break.
5 Activities To Help You Stay Fit
If you are looking for inspiration to stay moving as you age, take a look at these 5 activities to get you started:
It might sound simple but it is a type of exercise accessible to anyone. At the very least it is a gateway exercise to get you back into more rigorous types of exercise. It works your lungs, heart, glutes and muscles, and it gives you exposure to nature which is fantastic for your mental health.
Gardening can be extremely taxing and so it is a great form of exercise. Enjoy the weather outside, tend your plants and maybe even cultivate your own vegetable garden. Being in touch with nature is good for physical and mental well-being whatever our age, and spending time moving around in the garden will work lots of different muscles and get your heart rate up.
- Local Classes For Seniors
There will be local classes in your area specifically for your age group. Zumba, salsa, pilates, tai chi – all kinds of movement classes to take your fancy. These classes are a fun way to exercise and to make friends.
Swimming is really low impact so it is perfect if you have mobility issues. There are usually discounts for seniors at council run centres and you there are often aqua-aerobics classes you can join if you want a more fun water-based way to exercise.
There are often volunteering projects that enable you to exercise in a meaningful way. Perhaps it is a local dog shelter needing volunteers to walk the dogs, a nature reserve needing help with maintaining the plants and structures, or a local school needing older volunteers to go on day trips. Why not stay fit in a meaningful way that benefits your community?
Exercise is really important and will help you avoid life-changing diseases, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, balance issues and more. Staying active could even help you stay independent for longer. Start moving today and improve your health, for the health of your future.