One of the most frustrating things about aging can be the physical limitations. You might not feel old on the inside, but your body doesn't always agree. It can be difficult to feel hemmed in and limited simply because our bodies tend to slow down over time. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to dealing with this aspect of aging: exercise.
It may sound like the last thing you want to do when your body already doesn't want to cooperate. It may sounds like too much effort or a recipe for injuries and discomfort. But exercise doesn't have to be any of these things. It doesn't even have to look like a typical workout or athletic feat. It can be as simple as regular bike rides, swims, leisurely strolls with friends, or tending to plants outdoors. Just getting moving makes all the difference, whether it is stretching in the evening or joining a regular group workout at your retirement community or local gym. It could have a huge impact on your life, from when you join a senior care facility to when or if you need to transfer from independent to assisted living.
As LiveStrong.com put it, a fit and healthy body gives you a greater sense of control and feeling of self-confidence. Activities like travel, sports, socializing and family activities are more enjoyable when you are able to actively participate with minimal physical limitations. Being able to do things for yourself empowers you to make decisions concerning your living arrangements and daily activities. At any age, exercise can enable you to enjoy your life to the fullest.Who wouldn't want to increase their independence and health with a little daily exercise? Especially when the health benefits are so huge!
Many conditions we consider to be a natural part of aging, like memory loss, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, or generally being weak and winded by once routine chores are the first to be counteracted by exercise. Studies show that patients in memory care facilities see a positive impact on their memory retention and rate of decline when they participate in regular physical activity. Impact exercises like low intensity aerobics or lifting weights can strengthen bones. Cardio can lower blood pressure and increase stamina. Yoga or other strength training can improve balance and rejuvenate muscles that can help you be more mobile or avoid falls.
This is why Regency Retirement Village of Charlotte has a dedicated Wellness / Therapy Room, garden plots, and an exercise room with regular classes. It's not enough to us to provide simple senior services like medication reminders or prepared meals– we are a total life care community. That means making all parts of seniors' lives better and longer lasting! With all that going for fitness, why not take the time to get up and get moving? You might find it fun, and it will completely change the way you live your life!