Staying active is beneficial for everybody. As you age, however, this becomes easier said than done. Not only do your muscles and bones naturally weaken with age, but your body is also at a significantly higher risk of developing osteoarthritis or osteoporosis.
A lot of people assume that these intense joint and muscle pains are inevitable for seniors, but they don’t have to be. Experts say that about 30 minutes of moderate physical activity a day can significantly lower one’s risk of developing these ailments, as well as cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke.
The phrase “30 minutes of moderate physical activity” may intimidate some older people, but there are countless ways to work that necessary half hour into your day without participating in strenuous exercise. Here are 4 tips on how to remain active as you age:
Sometimes the best ways to stay active are also the simplest. It’s common knowledge how healthy a short walk can be, but the actual physical benefits make it one of the best hobbies for an aging person to take up. Walking for a half hour or more a day both stretches and strengthens your muscles, improving your balance and easing the painful symptoms of joint pain.
Spending any time outside can beneficial for your well-being. As long as you’re careful to not overexpose yourself, the sun can provide essential Vitamin D, which can also promote muscle health. And while you’re out there, why not get some minor work done on your yard? Mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, and raking leaves all help combat the stiffening effects of arthritis. It’s important to take appropriate breaks, keep yourself hydrated, and not overexert yourself, but any work you can accomplish outdoors is beneficial for your health.
It’s not easy to remain inactive when you’re feeling unmotivated. By staying indoors and inactive, you’re actually encouraging the symptoms of joint and muscle pain, as well as increasing the risk of ailments such as heart disease and depression. That being said, there is no greater motivator than being surrounded by other people like you! Joining a club that involves some form of physical activity – from a golf league to a yoga class – allows you to get in the necessary exercise while meeting like-minded friends.
Arguably the largest roadblock that stands in the way of getting physically active is discouragement. As your body ages, it can be difficult to think it’s worth it to get up and stay strong. Keeping your mind clear and your thoughts confident are the strongest building blocks when it comes to building a physical routine.
Staying active as you age is important, but can be hampered by arthritis, osteoporosis, or just general aches and pains. The skilled doctors and physical therapists at the Centers for Advanced Orthopedics - MMI Division can help you minimize the symptoms of aging and get back out there to enjoy life. Schedule your appointment today!