What activities can help elderly stay healthy?

A loss or reduction in mobility is often experienced as we age. A lack of movement combined with a variety of age-related ailments can make many feel lethargic, achy and old before their time. However, there is a solution to this and indulging in a variety of activities can ensure a sharp mind and a strong body.

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Here we look at a few examples.

Thai Chi and yoga

Both of these exercises are extremely popular with the elderly. They not only have a proven success rate, they also work the muscles of the entire body through a series of stretches and specialist moves.

Aside from strengthening and conditioning muscles, Thai Chi and yoga also improve balance and circulation as well as the participants overall general health.

Walking

Both opting for a regular stroll around the garden or further afield will help you to feel fitter, younger and more vital. Even if you’re unable to comfortable mount stairs and require the aid of the likes of a reconditioned stairlift, walking on flat land is more than likely a possibility.

Swimming

Swimming is another exercise that works all of the muscles in the body in a gentle way. A few lengths in the local swimming pool a day will not only boost energy levels, it will also keep the heart rate high thus promoting weight loss.

Golf

Joining a golf club is not only a great way to meet new people; it’s also a great way to exercise in the outdoors. Simply being outside in the fresh air has a number of health benefits.

Computer games

Many elderly individuals are now choosing to become tech-savvy. Aside from using the internet as a means of staying in touch with friends and family around the globe, there are a number of brain games available online – all of which have been designed to keep your mind active.

Card games

Just as physical exercise is important, so is mental exercise. Keeping your mind sharp will ensure a better memory and will help to stop the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Getting together with a group of friends at least once a week to play a few hands of cards is a good way to do this.

Aqua aerobics

Aerobics may seem like a hard impact exercise, yet aqua aerobics is somewhat different. Many gyms will hold sessions throughout the week often held by an instructor and completed in time to music. The pressure of the water ensures a more gentle exercise but the activity will still keep the heart rate high so that you get a decent workout with reduced risk of injury.

By staying active for as long as possible, many are able to prevent or at least postpone a number of age-related ailments – even if you’re a late starter.

If you suffer from joint problems, there are a number of gentle exercises available, all of which boast to make you feel fitter and younger. It’s important to indulge in such exercises at least three times a week in order to ensure results.

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