Staying active at every age is one of the secrets to a long, healthy life.
But, despite our 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 is important to prioritize physical activity into your schedule, especially as you age and your body changes.
It's never too late to adopt a healthier lifestyle and reap the benefits of active aging. Even light daily exercises can improve your body's wound-healing process, prevent disease, foster greater independence and even increase your mental capacity.
Exercising doesn't need to take place in a gym or even outdoors. A great way to keep in the habit of healthy movements is to incorporate small exercises into your otherwise inactive moments during the day. Do you need to reach to retrieve a glass from your cupboard? Grab the glass, return it to the cupboard, and repeat the action with your alternate arm. Are there stairs where you live? Challenge yourself to use them instead of a ramp or elevator.
Even these seemingly small acts can make a big difference in improving and maintaining your health. Performing daily exercises slows the loss of muscle, strengthens bones and reduces joint problems. Keeping up on exercise also greatly 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 wishes and needs. Call (503) 659-6600 to learn more about how residents at Homewood Heights Assisted Living Community stay active.
Prestige Care Senior Living-Homewood Heights
17999 S.E. River Road