Often many people gradually become less active as they get older. We can’t move the way we use to. That may be true but as we age, we still need to exercise our bodies. Not only to stay in physical shape but to keep our circulation, respiratory and digestive system working. Exercising also boost our immune system, helps increase our balance and keeps us mentally sharp. It also helps slow down the aging process. We don’t have to indulge in extreme workouts to realize these benefits. There are many activities that are fun and also lets you socialize with others.
Dancing is great exercise. Line dancing, ballroom dancing, square dancing all get your body moving and have the social element. There are many classes available to learn different steps depending on what type of music you like. Dancing will improve your balance and coordination and will give you a sense of accomplishment as you hone your skill. You can also dance at home by yourself to your favorite music and create your own steps.
Golf is another good activity if you don’t let it frustrate you mentally. Always do some light stretching in your legs, back and arms before you start your round. Most courses have golf carts but if you can walk the your round that will even add more of a work out. Even just hitting a bucket of golf balls on the driving range two or three times a week is good exercise.
Riding a bike is good cardio exercise and strengthens leg muscles. Short 15 to 20 minute rides three times a week is a good way to start.
Make sure you have a bike that fits your stature and that it is in good working order. Always wear a helmet and carry water with you.
Swimming will exercise your body with a lower chance of injury. The water provides resistance as you move but the strain on your muscles is much less than running, jogging or cycling. For that reason, exercising in a pool is great if you are on a rehabilitation program. Don’t swim or exercise in a pool by yourself.
One of the best exercises for any age is just plain walking. You can hold a 1 or 2 lb. weight in your hands as you swing your arms to add a little extra workout for your arms. Many people will meet friends to walk and socialize on a regular basis. Owning a dog will get you out walking daily.
I recommend if you are going to start an exercise routine that you consult your doctor or care provider to make sure your activity won’t cause any harm or injury. Always start slow and gradually increase the length of time and intensity of each exercise session. Do something that you will enjoy and look forward to. Being healthy and fit will become your lifestyle.