“I’m old already, so why exercise?”
Someone over 50 might find themselves saying that, but physical activity is a crucial factor to a
longer, healthier life, and it’s never too late to start exercising!
Being active isn’t just about adding years to your life either, it’s about adding life to your years. Elderly who are more physically active tend to be more energetic and experience a greater sense of well-being.
The increase in physical activity for seniors also reduces the impact of illness and chronic diseases, keeps the brain active, and improves sleep quality.
The start of a fitter lifestyle can be sparked in simple ways. Senior citizens, who for some reason cannot commit to a workout routine, can change up some everyday things they already do in order to be more active.
Play with kids
Any grandparent can attest that one of the most enjoyable ways to be active is to play with his or her grandkids. Next time the little ones run around, try to move about with them or pick them up, instead of sticking to the armchair.Kids’ games can be beneficial too. Try out the youngsters’ Wii console and take part in some virtual tennis or bowling with them. Playing is one of the easiest ways to stay active, and does not require much effort. Not to mention, it will also build a strong bond with the kids. They will love the new, fun you!
Weight-train with groceries
You don’t need to hit the gym to lift weights like you did in your younger days. Instead, you can simply use items in your pantry.
After doing grocery shopping, you can use canned food or a milk powder tin to do some bicep curls or overhead lifts to work your shoulders.
You can also work your legs while sitting down at home. Just do repeated reps of fully extending your lower legs out and up, then lowering it back down.
Get off the bus one stop earlier
Walking can help you improve your heart health, as well as reduce the impact of chronic conditions like arthritis. Next time you are taking the bus, perhaps alight just one or two stops earlier to get a little bit of walking done. This method is a lot easier to apply and fit into your everyday lifestyle than forcing yourself to head to park to work out.
If the weather is too hot, you can do some window shopping inside a mall. The cooler environment reduces the risks of ill effects due to the heat, and is a safe and comfortable space for you to move around.
Stand on one foot while talking on the phone
Stand on one foot, switching from the left to the right foot, and vice versa when chatting on the phone with your pals. This is an easy way to prevent yourself from becoming sedentary, and it also helps to improve your balance.
A study published in the scientific journal Stroke also indicated that participants who struggled to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds typically faced an increased risk of health problems like stroke and dementia. The converse was reported by the United Kingdom’s Medical Research Council, as their studies reported that 53-year-olds who could stand on one leg for ten seconds with their eyes closed were the most likely to be fit and well over the next decade of their life.