Holbrook Senior Living Wants To Help You Get Active!
Maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle as you age is the key to adding years to your life and, perhaps more importantly, adding life to your years. It can help improve your strength, balance, and memory; supporting positive mental health. More importantly it can prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases. With all these benefits, there is no reason for you to stay inactive, even over 50. But, if you’re ready to adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle, you need to choose a good workout routine for you where you are presently in life. This can be a bit tricky but at Holbrook senior living communities, we are all about encouraging active adults. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best workout suited for your age and get you on a road to great health, wellness and happiness.
How to Choose the Best Workout: 5 Tips to Consider
Get your doctor’s approval. If you’re over 50 and have been inactive for quite some time or have any underlying conditions, don’t start an exercise routine without checking with your doctor. Your physician will tell you if it’s safe for you to exercise and guide you as to which exercises are best for you. Getting your doctor’s approval is extremely important so don’t skip this step.
Find something you enjoy doing. Your doctor will probably provide you with several options for exercise but you need to choose one (or several) that makes you feel good. Keep in mind it can take about two months to build an exercise habit but, if you hate it, you probably won’t stick with it. Choose a routine or an activity that you’ll look forward to doing every single day.
Be creative. If you really don’t feel good about exercising, make a list of the activities you enjoy and think of ways to incorporate them into an exercise routine. For example, if you’re into photography, take your camera and go for a nature hike. If you love watching movies, do so while on the treadmill. You get the idea.
Choose activities that match your capabilities. Perhaps you’ve always enjoyed a morning run when you were younger and wanted to give it another try, but you now have an injury, disability, or a weight problem. Should you give it a go? While it may be something you enjoyed doing, running can put too much stress on your joints at this time. In this case, you’ll be better off by choosing low-impact activities such as walking or biking that will give the same results without compromising your condition.
Mix it up. To get the best results, your exercise plan should include cardio and strength training exercises as well as activities that improve your balance and flexibility. For cardio exercises, consider swimming, cycling, stair climbing, and dancing. Strength training exercises involve activities that use weights or external resistance from body, such as: free weights, elastic bands, or machines to build up muscle mass. Yoga, Tai chi, and posture exercises can help improve your balance and flexibility.
Holbrook Senior Living Communities: Where Life and Passion Meet
Staying active is important at any age, the key is finding the passion for living life to its fullest. At the Holbrook, we offer amenities that help you to explore and ignite your passion while promoting an optimal health and wellness lifestyle. If you want to learn more about our Holbrook senior living communities, Contact Us or Call Us Now at (404) 458-1171!