4 Fitness Ideas for Seniors to Maintain Their Overall Health While Staying Safe

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4 Fitness Ideas for Seniors to Maintain Their Overall Health While Staying Safe

Maintaining an active lifestyle is excellent for people of all ages, especially during such uncertain times. For seniors, staying active can come with numerous benefits, including strength and balance improvement, lowered risk of health issues like heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, improved mood and feelings, enhanced ability to learn, think and decide, and boosted appreciation of one’s self. Get Up and Get Moving shares some great ideas to help seniors stay in good health.

Stay Healthy With Mild Physical Activities

Numerous seniors suffer from boredom and depressive thoughts due to isolation or health conditions that may limit their ability to exercise fully. This issue should not be looked down upon as isolation affects physical and mental health and is a precursor for depression. Fortunately, there are ways for seniors to stay active and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few great ideas to explore on how to stay active as a senior while prioritizing safety. 

Volunteer or Help at Church

Getting yourself more involved in the church community by volunteering to mow the lawn of a friend who cannot do it themselves or taking care of the clean-up work at the church can do wonders for both your physical and mental health. This way, you get to stay healthy and also discover new things, meet new people, and perhaps even acquire a new passion – all while following your area’s social-distancing rules. Maintain your overall health and positive outlook by doing things that are not only enjoyable but also meaningful.

Participate in Senior Sport or Activity Classes

Many churches have created activity classes for different ages since the pandemic started. While respecting the safety rules, these classes include various fitness activities, including golf, yoga, exercise classes, Tai Chi, and performance classes.

Exercise can help decrease the risk of developing different diseases and disabilities as you grow older. Regular movement and exercise are vital and treatment for numerous chronic conditions, as well as mental issues. People with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, balance problems, high blood pressure, and difficulty walking can benefit from daily exercise – whether done in a social-distanced class or at home. Church activity classes are a great place not only to stay active but to meet new people as well. In case you’re unable to frequent the church classes, ensure you maintain your fitness routine at home. There are numerous easy and simple exercises to do indoors, such as stretching, indoor walking, playing Wii games, or step workouts.

Go on a Hike

Hiking is one of the best ways to explore new sights and places while getting some relaxation time and keeping up with your fitness routine. If your church isn’t organizing such a trip, you can step up and do it with your church friends, especially since there aren’t many people out now. While staying safe, you can take advantage of various perks such as senior travel deals and the flexibility to pick up and go. Make sure you pack an emergency kit, health insurance cards, and enough medication. 

Grow an Herb Garden

Growing an herb garden is very easy and requires almost no gardening experience; however, it keeps your body and mind sharp. A herb garden is also easy to maintain and doesn’t need massive effort. One of the biggest advantages of having a herb garden is that you can easily grow the herbs to then taste and enjoy various new combinations. This also helps improve your health, as herbs are incredibly wholesome for our bodies. When we learn to use herbs in different dishes, we can be assured that we’re consuming a healthy, balanced, and nutritious diet. Herbs are particularly helpful as we age since it helps reduce and even eliminate various food additives that aren’t necessarily healthy. Some of the herbs you can keep indoors include oregano, thyme, lemongrass, basil, parsley, chives, and mint.

The Bottom Line

Physical activity helps you stay independent, healthy and keep doing the activities you enjoy. No matter your fitness level, there are numerous fun, low-cost, and safe activities to enjoy and keep doing to maintain your overall health.

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Diabetes Awareness Month

November is Diabetes Awareness month

Did you know on in 10 Americans have diabetes.  That is more then 30 million Americans. 86 million have Pre-diabetes.

Diabetes is up there with the leading cause of disability and death in the United states.

So many problems can happen when a person has diabetes.  It can cause blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and many other health problems if it’s is not under control.

On a good note people who have a high risk for type 2 diabetes can lower their risk if they start making healthy changes in there life.  Here are a few examples of healthy changes they can make:

  • Eating healthy food.  Really paying attention to what you are eating is key.
  • Getting more physical exercise.

This month I try to share my own journey of thriving with diabetes and what that picture looks like.  We all can make a difference this month and raise awareness  about the diabetes risk factors. I have a few ideas about other ways we all can help make this month a success.  Here are few:

  • Encourage people to spread the word about diabetes and even if they have the smallest feeling they may have it tell them to get tested and also get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked.
  • Encourage friends family and people in your community to make small changes.  Park far away from the store to get a few extra steps.  Take stairs and not the elevator.

Doing these small things can make big differences!!

Be your own advocate

Do you know what’s going on with your body??  Are you tired, can’t lose weight having brain fog.  Well those were only of the few symptoms I was having at the beginning of the new year.  I have low thyroid but came to find out it was more then just my thyroid acting up.    I have been on thyroid medication for awhile but my blood test in Feb showed such low numbers that it was like I was not even taking medication.  So now I am doing medication and supplements.  Since I started the new regimen and I am feeling better.   I have gone back to NO SUGAR very low carbs but am eating healthy fat’s.  I am also doing some intermittent fasting which is amazing.  So many great benefits.  Just being committed to this lifestyle I know my body will react in a positive way as it continues to show me.

We are our best advocate for our own health. Most of the time we can figure out what works and what doesn’t for our selves.  Sure Dr’s are great but I have found through the years that there are some better then others.  I take as minimal as medication as possible and that was not happening with my old Dr.  I went Dr shopping and have found one that is not pro medication for every little symptom.  Quit the opposite.  She is all about finding out what is causing the symptom and getting the entire picture before even thinking of medication.

Our health is so important and taking care of ourselves is so very important.  Don’t let symptoms go unchecked.  More problems can develop from putting off figuring out what your body is doing or not doing.



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