Fun Activities to Keep Seniors in Shape
Everyone should exercise to reduce health problems and stay in shape. This is even more important for elderly people. If you’re an elderly person who is finding it hard to exercise because you’re not motivated or you have time constraints, keep reading to see how easily you can fit fun activities into your schedule that will allow you to stay in shape.
Maybe you prefer to be indoors, especially if the weather is too uncomfortable for you. You might be surprised to know that there are several indoor activities you can do that will contribute to your fitness goals.
Cleaning house is a fact of life. You must do it. So, a good way to look at it is when you’re mopping floors or sweeping the stairs, remember this is exercise and you are doing your body good. If you find this activity boring, listen to the radio or keep the tv on in the background. Keeping your mind occupied while doing chores is a great way to break up the monotony and have fun while getting your house clean.
Walk on a Treadmill
Perhaps you do want to walk or jog, but the outside terrain is uneven and you risk falling. The answer to this is to use a treadmill. You can walk at a pace that is comfortable for you without the worry of uneven ground. Most treadmills allow you to adjust the incline which can give you a better workout. The great thing about a treadmill is that you can actually read your favorite book or magazine while walking because you can keep your balance by holding on to the sides of the treadmill. This is a great way to occupy your mind and reduce the chance of becoming bored.
Being outside is refreshing and overall good for your health. So, if you are able to go outdoors, even if it is for short periods of time, then by all means do so.
Gardening is a fun activity that isn’t too stressful on your body. You can spend time pulling weeds and mulching your landscaped areas to keep your yard looking beautiful. But, the added benefit is that this type of yard work will keep you in shape. Of course, mowing your lawn is great exercise and you will have a lovely finished product.
Taking a short walk in the evenings or mornings when the weather is cooler is a great idea. If you start your day with a walk, it will refresh your body and mind and you will be ready to start the day. If you prefer evenings, it can be an excellent way to wind down and finish your day.
If you are a person who prefers to reach your fitness goals in a group setting, you can inquire with your local gym or fitness club about group classes. Most will have classes tailored to seniors. These classes aren’t strenuous and focus on light exercises that you can do in the group setting as well as at home. Some people need a group setting to remain motivated in reaching their fitness goals.
No matter what you decide, just remember that it is important to stay active. You don’t have to run a marathon or participate in intense activities to stay healthy. If you’re finding it difficult to get moving, a group activity might just provide the motivation you need. Doing light housework or working in your yard can provide enough activity to keep you in shape and help you lead an active and fulfilled life.