As we age, it’s crucial to keep up with activities and exercise so that we can continue to build strength and muscle endurance. Unfortunately, our bodies aren’t what they used to be and we have to be careful not to overexert our joints, cause an injury, or exacerbate any chronic conditions like arthritis or osteoporosis.
Luckily, you can find numerous low-impact exercises to engage in that won’t do unnecessary damage to your body. High-intensity, low-impact exercise can still increase heart rates, improve fitness levels, help us lose weight, and generate much-needed endorphins.
Swimming is one of the most beneficial exercises you can do. This full-body workout can improve cardiovascular fitness as well as muscle strength with no jarring impacts to knees or ankles. The best part? If you keep at it, you’ll see progress within a month. Before you take a deep breath and dive in, here are some handy beginner tips.
Hitting local trails and parks for a brisk daily walk can lead to a healthier life — the faster and farther you walk, the bigger the benefits. Simply keeping a regular walking schedule can assist in maintaining a healthy weight, prevent or manage various conditions — including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes — and improve balance and coordination. Here are fantastic tips on how to get started and stay motivated.
Hiking is a very beneficial activity for the 55 and better crowd. Not only do you get the cardiovascular benefits of walking, but studies have shown that communing with nature is good for the body and soul. The more you hike, the more comfortable you’ll feel achieving farther distances and higher elevations — the views will be worth it. Read these tips on setting realistic goals and keeping it simple before you lace up those hiking boots.
Pilates is the perfect low-impact exercise because it’s a gentle way to increase strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and overall well-being. It focuses on building a strong “core” — also known as the deep abdominal muscles and those closest to the spine. Most of the exercises are performed while sitting or reclining and the motions can positively affect your posture as well. Although it’s a popular fitness system, you might want to read up on Pilates before you decide if it’s right for you.
Strength training is a truly valuable form of exercise. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control claims it helps to reduce the symptoms of arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, obesity, back pain, and depression. You don’t even have to go and lift heavy weights at the gym — several simple exercises are achievable right inside your home.
At Springhouse Village and Fairway Villas, we fully embrace the active lifestyle. Our age-restricted communities are overflowing with amenities and the diversions of resort-style living, all designed to keep you motivated through full and enriching days. You’ll find plenty of classes, gym space, and even a pool (or two) to help keep you moving and socializing. If you want to be a part of our vitalizing community, join our interest list and start dreaming of a life lived to the fullest.