Exercise becomes increasingly difficult as we get older. Our bodies start to slow down, our stamina begins to deplete, and frankly we just don’t want to do what we used to any more. Unfortunately, this is one of the most important times to make sure that you exercise, because the body is more likely to begin shutting down as we get older. Here are a few ways that you can continue exercising even as you age.
Walk. Walking is great exercise for people of all ages. If you are able, getting out and walking for even fifteen minutes to half an hour each day can help keep your joints nice and limber. Walk around the block, around the mall, around the park, or even just around your home. It doesn’t matter where you walk, just as long as you attempt to stay active and make sure that you are somewhere safe while doing so.
Stretch. Stretching is something that people can do no matter what age they may be. Even just standing and stretching your arms up towards the ceiling can be a good help if you don’t feel safe trying to touch your toes. You can even stretch sitting down if you want! Sit in front of the television and watch your favorite show while stretching out your arms and legs. Trust me, it can make a world of difference in how well you move.
Internet Videos. If you have the space and the capability, watching videos on the internet and following them are great. You don’t even have to pay for these like you did the old VHS exercise tapes! Type “elderly exercises” into Youtube and see what comes up!
Swim. Swimming is a great exercise for people who are older because it takes a lot of the weight off of your joints so you can move more freely. Try seeing if you have a gym or center in your area that has a pool that you can get a membership to so you can swim all year.
Although exercising as we get older can become more difficult, there is no reason why you should feel the need to stop. Come into DiBella Chiropractic today and we can see what other forms of exercise you may be able to do!