Keeping seniors active is often difficult. However, we can’t deny the fact that exercise is the key to healthy aging. Aside from preventing the side effects of being overweight, exercise can improve balance (preventing falls), and increase flexibility (keeping the body limber). We hope this infographic might encourage any seniors you might know (no matter their age!) to stay active.
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Keeping Seniors Active
- Only 22% of seniors report regular physical activity.
- The average senior spends 17 minutes per day engaging in physical activity.
- The average senior spends 15 times this (over 4 hours) watching tv.
- The Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day.
Seniors’ Favorite Activities
- Religious Activities
- Talking on the telephone
- Senior Centers
- Tai Chi
Reasons To Stay Active
- Maintain or lose weight
- Enhance mobility and flexibility
- Better sleep
- Improve health by reducing impact of chronic disease
- Boost mood and confidence
What To Do?
- Walking: Boosts confidence
- Tai Chi: Balance, self-control, composure
- Yoga: Relaxation, increases circulation, muscle strength
- Swimming: Low impact, muscle strength
Make Exercise A Lifelong Habit
- Make it a priority: Think of active time as a special activity. Schedule it on your calendar, and you will see you have time for it.
- Make it safe: Injury is a serious risk for seniors, so try to avoid things that are too strenuous. Contact a doctor or physical therapist to see what they recommend.
- Make it interesting and fun: Switch up your path, or alternate walking faster/slower. Try swimming, biking, jogging, and hiking.
- Make it easy: Find a local gym that you can walk to, or an affordable YMCA. If it’s too difficult or complicated, you won’t do it.
- Make it social: Work out with a friend or family member. Join a class for seniors at your local gym, or find a fitness class at your local senior center.
- Make it an active decision: Try to incorporate exercise in your daily activities- make it a lifestyle choice. Take the stairs, walk briskly, visit your neighbor instead of calling.
Exercise is the key to healthy aging… And it’s never too late to start!
For more information, and exercise ideas, visit this link from the National Institute on Aging.