As we embrace our golden years, the more proactive we are concerning the care of our bodies, the more leverage we have in living a vibrant, independent life. Factoring in the positives of how exercise is beneficial for our overall wellness and state of health is one of the best lifestyle changes we can ever make.
When it comes to exercise, staying consistent helps with conditioning, strengthening, mobility, and balance, as well as boosts energy levels. Adding invigorating walks, refreshing swim time, or fun bike rides are just a handful of examples that can lead to an improvement when it comes to your mental and physical health.
A key factor to consider is knowing what type of exercises are best and safe for you and your body. Because we’re not all designed the same, you may want to consult with your physician when seeking to establish a routine exercise program, or perhaps a wellness director if you currently live at a senior living community with an active wellness program.
What Exercises Are Best?
There are four categories to consider when choosing the best exercise options for what your body needs: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. As far as how much time, a good rule of thumb for those 65 and older is at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise spread throughout the week, which should include some strength training.
Improve your endurance by increasing your heart rate and breathing, which has a number of benefits for your heart, lungs, and circulatory system. Examples:
- Climbing stairs
To improve muscle quality, incorporate strength training that can enhance daily living activities, such as standing up from a chair with greater ease. Examples:
- Using resistance bands
Focusing on exercises that help maintain balance is critical to reduce the risk of injuries that may occur from falls. Examples:
- Tai chi
- Heel raises
- Sit-to-stand exercises
- Single-leg stand
Maintaining a full range of motion is good for mobility, independence, and strength with exercise that helps you stay limber. Examples:
Wellness at Brookridge
At Brookridge, we believe in engaged living with you at the center. Our Life Plan Community is dedicated to providing a lifestyle where seniors flourish in every area of their lives, especially health with our active wellness program.
One of the greatest benefits of calling our community home is residents are afforded a full continuum of care. It’s peace-of mind offering comfort that if their health needs ever change, services are available to accommodate levels of care all within one community — independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, and memory care.
To learn more about our wellness program at Brookridge or to schedule a tour of our community, please call (336) 759-1044.