Staying active at every age is one of the secrets to a long, healthy life.
But, despite the best intentions, it can be difficult to motivate yourself into beginning – and sticking to – a regular exercise routine. Physical constraints or a busy schedule may create a barrier to getting adequate exercise, but it’s important to prioritize physical activity into your schedule, especially as you age and your body changes.
Even light daily exercises have many benefits:
* Can improve your body’s wound-healing process
* Prevent disease
* Foster greater independence
* Increase your mental capacity
* Slow the loss of muscle
* Strengthen bones and reduce joint problems
* Improves your balance, which reduces your risk of falling and suffering a serious injury like a fractured hip.
The key to incorporating exercise into your life is to develop a routine that fits your needs and lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be in a gym or outdoors – Try incorporating small exercises into your inactive moments. Need to reach a glass from your cupboard? Grab the glass, return it to the cupboard, and repeat with your alternate arm. Take the stairs whenever you can instead of using a ramp or elevator.
Even these seemingly small acts can make a big difference in improving and maintaining your health.
It’s never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle and reap the benefits of active aging. Call (520) 648-5583 to learn more about how residents at Prestige Assisted Living at Green Valley stay active.