On May 31, we will celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day. This is a good time for our seniors to either continue their goal of living a healthier life or develop and start an exercise program to help build strength while achieving a healthier lifestyle. This does not necessarily mean you have to join the gym and hit the weights five times a week. Many goals that we set for ourselves along these lines can be achieved in the home, believe it or not. We here at HPFY can help you establish a strength-building or nutritional program that can help you maintain your independence and quality-of-life!!
Exercise and nutrition can benefit all of us, but seniors may benefit the most by establishing a healthy exercise and nutrition routine. As we have all gotten older, we have all experienced everyday aches and pains that we have attributed to aging. The problem is as we get older, these issues become more pronounced and can truly hinder our enjoyment or even lead to serious injury. Some benefits of a health and fitness program for seniors can include:
As the saying goes, “a rolling stone gathers no moss,” and never has this been truer when spoken about exercise and nutrition in relation to our senior loved ones. To maintain our flexibility and minimize the effects of disorders such as arthritis, it is pivotal that we keep moving our bodies. Start with low-impact exercises or activities (such as yoga) and build to more strenuous fitness programs.
As we age (and we all do), it becomes increasingly important to take care of ourselves. This can include a well-thought-out exercise and nutrition plan. One important aspect that should never be overlooked is a consultation with your doctor to make sure that your plan benefits you and is not out of your ability range. This way, any exercise, fitness, or nutrition plan is safe for you to undertake. As with any other treatment, exercise, and nutrition is not a one-size-fits-all program. Any undertaking should be tailored to your needs and abilities/limitations. A three-step approach can look something like this:
When undertaking any type of exercise or fitness program, it is crucially important that we start slowly and build towards any goals we have set for ourselves. Let’s face it; a marathon runner doesn’t begin training by running 26 miles. They start with shorter distances, building up to their goal of 26.2 miles. Some great low-impact exercise equipment includes:
By setting achievable goals, we can see the fruits of our labors without being disappointed due to unrealistic expectations. You should set any targets or goals in smaller increments so that once they are achieved, you can progress on your next set of goals. Not only will this make you healthier, but it will help you stick with your program longer. Once set, you can achieve these goals by using:
Once you have achieved a goal, don’t be satisfied. It is only through this dedication that we can improve and get healthier at the same time. Remember, a body in motion tends to stay in motion!! Try some of these bits of training aids in order to push yourself to the next level:
While the focus of May 31 is senior health and fitness, let’s not forget about nutrition as well. Our bodies function optimally when we give them the proper fuel to undertake any type of exercise routine. A balanced diet chock-full of fruits and vegetables, as well as protein, should be your goal while avoiding junk food and sugary snacks. You should still check with your doctor to make sure any diet program or supplement you decide to take is safe for you. Some nutritional supplement options for you include:
This May 31, we celebrate National Senior Health Day, and there are a number of ways that we can either start an exercise and nutrition regimen or ways to enhance the ones that we are already doing. While exercise and nutrition are vitally important, it is vital that we consult any of our medical professionals (such as doctors) before we begin any exercise or nutritional program. Remember, start slow and build towards your goal, but don’t stop once you hit that goal!!
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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