Fri, Apr 30, 2021
4 Great Exercise Tips For Healthier Living.
Staying active is an important factor in staying healthy as you age, and it doesn’t have to be all that complicated.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has some great tips for ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Like anything that pays dividends, making the right habits and just knowing what to do makes a big difference.
Besides helping you stay physically healthier, research shows that exercise benefits mental and emotional health as well. It’s sort of an “if you feel better, you think better” relationship, and that can be especially valuable as you grow older. We all know of people who stay sharp as a tack well into their 80s and 90s, and a common trait for this folks is quite often their habit of staying active.
An article from the NIA (link here http://bit.ly/NIA-4Tips) does a nice job outlining four key tips for making exercise work for you. We encourage you to read the entire article, but here are the highlights to get you started:
- Find Simple Ways to Make Exercise Fun and Enjoyable. The key to finding exercises that are enjoyable, and stick with it. And remember to include all four types of exercise—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.
- Find Ways to Fit Exercise into Your Day. When you make exercise a convenient part of your day, you’re more likely to make it a strong habit. Combine physical activity with a regular task such as walking the dog or doing chores. It doesn’t have to be all at one time — do three 10-minute activities and you have a half-hour of healthy benefit.
- Make Exercise a Social Activity. Having an “exercise buddy” is a practice that many people find effective. Whether it’s walking with a neighbor or taking a dance class, the more you include someone else the better the odds of keeping up the activity over a long period.
- Keep Track of Your Exercise Progress. There’s no better motivation than making sure to measure your successes — and celebrate what you accomplish. Making a plan, including a chart or diary or keep up with your program, can be fun itself. Be sure and update your exercise plan as you progress.
- Finally — have a plan for coping with events and interruptions in your exercise program. It’s expected to have life events and changes that get in the way of staying active. Assume that will happen and you will be better prepared to get back on track when the circumstances allow.
Don’t forget that Silver&Fit® is now available FREE to FirstCommunity Health Plan members. Silver&Fit is a flexible senior fitness program, tailored to meet your unique needs. It’s another great FirstCommunity benefit so you can stay active and keep doing the things you love. Learn more about Silver&Fit here https://firstcomm.org/silver-and-fit.
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