Adding even minimal amounts of exercise to your routine while living in senior housing in Vancouver, WA, can have both immediate and long term benefits for senior citizens. Any increase in physical activity can result in improved strength, balance, sleep patterns, mobility, appearance and mood. You will impact your long term health by adding exercise to your daily routine as well. Risks for conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis will decrease. Statistically, you will be likely to have fewer hospitalizations, require fewer medications, and live a longer, more independent life.
Increasing your physical activity will also enable you to more fully participate in the activities you now enjoy. Exercising your pet, playing with your grandchildren, gardening, traveling, and even routine activities will become easier.
Before beginning any new exercise regimen, be sure to consult your doctor to see if there are any reasons you shouldn’t perform certain types of exercise, or to detect any hidden medical issues. Also before you begin, be sure to have proper shoes or other necessary equipment, and then start out at a very low intensity level. Starting with minimal effort will ensure that you avoid injuries and that you will be able to sustain your new routines. And you will be less likely to give up!
It is recommended that seniors engage in some type of movement every day. There are four categories of exercise that should be included: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Within just a few weeks of regular activity, you will begin to see results in increased endurance, improved strength, and more ease in your daily living activities.
To help you stick with your new exercise commitment, look for ways to keep it fun and interesting. Find an exercise partner (either human or animal), exercise to music, or challenge a friend to a help keep you accountable. Just remember, it’s never too late to start moving. The benefits are worth the effort. Whatever exercise or movement you can do, start now!