Maintaining an active lifestyle as you get older can be challenging, but it’s crucial to prioritize keeping both your mind and body in shape. In an active retirement community, activities for seniors to strengthen the mind and body are offered frequently and conveniently. And best of all, these enriching activities allow you to enjoy yourself, while also welcoming the company of others.
Active senior living communities offer various activities and programs for you to get involved in, often right on site. If the location is elsewhere, communities typically arrange transportation to and from the site. This way, you don’t have to sacrifice the hobbies that bring you fulfillment and joy.
In fact, you’ll be able to participate in them more frequently than you would have if you lived at home. And since these programs are so easily accessible, you also have the opportunity to check out new hobbies, and maybe fall in love with something new.
Staying active as a senior will not only keep you feeling happier, it’s also necessary for preventing injuries and fighting off disease the body is prone to as it ages. Read on to find out more about why exercise is so important to senior health.
Exercise for Social Connection
In an active senior living community, there are many exercise programs available to residents. These programs involve joining in with others for a class or a group workout activity. Retirees are especially susceptible to depression and social isolation, but these group exercise opportunities will allow you to stay connected to others.
In a report by USA Today, sociologist Patricia Thomas, a faculty associate in the Center on Aging and the Life Course at Purdue University states, “Maintaining that social engagement can give you a greater sense of purpose and give a sense of motivation that can make you behave in ways that are better for your health.”
Creating new friendships will help you to feel generally happier, as you’ll have someone to share new experiences with. You’ll also be participating in activities to keep you mentally and physically sharp for a healthy mind and body.
Manage Body Weight
As we age, our metabolism slows down and it’s more important than ever to incorporate exercise into your routine. Take an active role in managing your body weight in an effort to avoid dealing with serious illness or injury down the line.
Unfortunately, falls can cause very serious injury but taking the appropriate precautions can strengthen the body and prevent these injuries. An active lifestyle will build muscle strength, resulting in improved bone health and increased balance. Low impact exercises (walking, using the elliptical, swimming, yoga, pilates, etc.) are effective methods to building muscle strength.
Promote Heart and Cardiovascular Health
Consistent physical activity – both cardio and strength training – improves cardiovascular health and reduces risk of heart disease. You’ll feel better after taking a walk or a swim, and your heart will thank you for it.
Increase Energy and Focus
Another benefit of exercise is that it’s linked to improved cognitive function and motor skills, allowing you to be more focused on your tasks. More productive days will allow you to live a higher quality life.
If you’re dealing with hypertension as a senior, try managing it with exercise, as aerobic activity is proven to help lower blood pressure. With 30 minutes of aerobic exercise (walking, hiking, swimming, etc.) around five times a week, you can lower blood pressure, stress and decrease the risk of certain cardiovascular issues.
See the Sights
Staying active definitely does not mean you have to walk on a treadmill in the gym for 30 minutes a day. Lace up your walking shoes and hit the town! Explore the cities that surround the senior living community and take in all it has to offer. Check out restaurants and dining options, historical landmarks, or recreational parks.
At The Fairfax, suburban Columbus is located in Upper Arlington and it offers all the benefits you’d expect from a major American city like Columbus, while avoiding some of the inconveniences that living directly within a city can bring about.
Maintain Your Wellness – But Don’t Overdo It
Put your safety first and make sure to always speak with your doctor before joining new workout programs. It’s common for retirees to be focused on their exercise plans, but it’s crucial to stick with your own pace. Come up with a plan that you’re comfortable with that incorporates a balanced diet and healthy choices.
Even activities such as golf or a brisk walk around the block at your retirement community counts as exercise. You do not have to overdue it to stay fit.
You may want to learn more about what will be available at The Fairfax, and come see the site for yourself. If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them—and if you want to visit The Fairfax and First Community Village in person, we will be thrilled to have you.
Call us at 877-364-2570 or visit us at tourthefairfax.com. Your future at The Fairfax awaits!