Senior Fitness Options for Maintaining Independence
By Brandi Goodman
National Senior Independence Month in February encourages older adults to find ways to stay fit and healthy so they can maintain their independence. With some tips in minds, you can find the right fitness option for you that will help you to stay flexible, stable, and able to stand on your own. Several options exist.
Water aerobics is an ideal class to take because it's easy on the joints. As you age, your joints become weak and it can become difficult to remain steady on your feet. You may find yourself falling more often. Water provides the resistance your body needs to maintain strength but it isn't harsh on the joints and won't cause pain like working out on land will.
If you already experience a deficit in strength and stability then finding ways to exercise without having to be balanced and on your feet is best. You should start with some chair exercises that will help to build up muscle and keep your joints flexible without having to be on your feet. You may be able to get back up to standing exercises after you've increased your strength.
A simple walk can go a long way toward improved physical health. Take a nature walk and enjoy all the beauty around you as you work to build up your lower body strength. Your heart health will also improve. If you're a little unsteady on your feet then it may be wise to walk with a partner so you aren't out anywhere alone if you run into trouble.
Senior Fitness Classes
Water aerobics isn't the only class you can take. There are other senior fitness classes that will have people of senior age trying some new exercises. Things will start out slow and give everyone the pace they need to keep up. If your joints still feel good, then classes like these can be great. You'll get to have some fun with friends while you build up your strength.
Play With a Pet
Having a pet gives you something to live for. You have someone else you need to take care of besides yourself. It also gives you a chance to maintain your fitness. Play with your pet as much as you can to give you both some exercise. This might mean playing fetch with your dog or walking from one end of the room to the other with a string for your cat to follow.
Maintain your independence by staying fit. Lots of senior fitness options exist that will leave you able to handle your own tasks and still live on your own terms. You can strengthen your joints and maintain your balance by continuing to exercise and stay healthy.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Rock Hill, S.C.