The definition and age bracket for a “senior” is not always an accurate representation of the group. After all, the Free Dictionary by Farlex describes this group as, “Elderly persons, usually more than sixty or sixty-five years of age.” However, a growing faction of so-called “elderly seniors” isn’t allowing age to define their limits.
With many more professionals waiting until their 30’s to have children, people in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s feel that they are in the prime of their life. And, while some are retiring and enjoying well-deserved time off from work stress, others are embracing new roles in companies and in life at large. In fact, such experts as AARP’s CEO Jo Ann Jenkins are writing books about disrupting typical age myths. In a 2016 interview Jenkins noted that, “The people I know in their 50s, 60s and 70s are still very active. Few of them have retired and are sitting at home. They’re engaged. They’re on social media. They’re living their lives.” In today’s world, there is a general feeling that fifty is the new forty and sixty is the youth of old age. Now that’s the kind of thinking that should be fostered for a healthy life!
Despite this renewed sense of joie de vivre that many over fifty are feeling, it can be tempting to slow down later in life. However, it is important to keep moving. After all, being inactive can contribute to bigger problems. For instance, NIHSeniorHealth stated, “For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t happen just because they’ve aged. It’s usually because they’re not active. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.”
Here are some of our best pieces of advice on how to stay active so that you can be healthy no matter what age you are.
Gardening is a perfect way to stay active at any age and it has other fringe benefits such as getting you out in the fresh air and providing you with either beautiful flowers or healthy vegetables. Gardening can be as physical as you want it to be. If you have mulching needs your gardening experience may include lugging around a wheel barrel, working on your hands and knees and more. The nature of gardening includes a lot of bending and stretching, so while it is fun and low impact, it will definitely keep you moving.
With the rise of Fitbits, Jawbones and AppleWatch’s walking has become cool for everyone. However, walking is a particularly great choice for seniors because it is an overall low impact exercise choice that provides great results. Walking won’t strain you too much, but it will get you out and about and, depending on your pace will raise your heartbeat to a healthy level.
Swimming is a wonderful exercise choice because it works every part of your body. And, sites like Alert1 note that, “Swimming even increases bone density which can reduce the risk of osteoporosis.”
4. Get Involved
Many local organizations offer volunteer positions. If you plan to retire, but want to stay somewhat active in the working work, this is a perfect way to give back. Don’t let yourself be sedentary! Instead, consider volunteering at a local food bank or festival. Your volunteer hours will help to enrich your community while keeping you moving and social!
Wellness and fitness classes are another great option for those who want to get active or add some spice to their regular routine. Click below to register for a class at Derry Wellness today!