It’s probably not the first time you’ve heard this: movement is good for you! It keeps your heart healthy, elevates your mood, and can even help keep your brain young. But is exercise really possible for older adults? Couldn’t you get injured or fall? What if you’ve never exercised before in your life? Is it too late to start?
Good news, folks! It’s never too late to start healthy habits, and exercise is no different. You can begin moving your body at ANY age! Here’s why beginning exercise today is a great idea.
- Exercise improves your heart health and can actually prevent a heart attack.
- Older adults who exercise are actually less likely to fall
- Regular movement can improve your quality of life and make you happier
- Physical activity may prevent or delay the onset of dementia
So what if exercise is new to you?
You don’t have to start going to the gym in your senior living community for 2 hours a day! You could start with a walk around the block. Add a friend, and you will have a great time and get your body moving! You could also attend a class at your senior living community. Stellar Senior Living Communities offer classes like aerobics, Pilates, water aerobics, and yoga, among many more. Check out what your community offers, and give something new a try! It is never too late to take care of your body, and it’s more important now than ever.
But I don’t like working out. Aren’t these my years to rest?
Of course, you can use your retirement years however you choose! But it’s never too late to try new things. You might find that you actually love cycling, swing dancing, weightlifting, yoga, or walking with friends. There’s a form of movement for everybody. Keep trying things until you find something you love! It can be something fun, even something you look forward to every day. It could be even more fun if you make it a social activity with members of your community. Think of how rewarding it will be to feel strong!
Today is the day to begin moving your body. You’re going to feel better in every way.
Your senior living community is here to support you in your healthiest life. If you don’t currently live in a senior living community, check out Stellar Living’s list of communities here and give one of our Family Advisors a call today!