In an age where there seems to be a gym or leisure centre on every corner, keeping fit and healthy seems to be a popular trend amongst society at the moment, especially in the social media age. However, the purpose for maintaining good health and being active has always been important in any time period, especially as we get older. Regular exercise and fitness not only contributes to an overall feeling of wellbeing, but can also control the effects medical ailments like blood pressure, cholesterol, stress and much more. However, the thought of exercise can be a daunting prospect for many. The thought of going to a gym can be quite intimidating. However, the secret is to make exercise fun – by doing something that you enjoy and can work up a sweat as a result. Here at The Elms, we’ve put together a list of activities that you can engage in, that doesn’t require a gym membership!
Sounds simple enough but walking remains one of the most effective forms of exercise and is probably the easiest way to ease yourself into exercise in general if its something you haven’t done in a while. Start slow and build it up, especially if its something you potentially struggle with. Walking 5-10 minutes a day is a great way to start. This may be walking around town doing shopping or just generally walking out in pleasant surroundings.
Yoga is an excellent form of exercise for both the mind and body. There are many different levels of yoga that you can engage in. But its something which you can do in the comfort of your own home. Have a look below at where to start with Yoga, especially if it’s something you’ve never done before.
Grab a partner and head onto the dance floor! Any form of dancing is fantastic exercise and fun for all involved. It might be that you used to ballroom dance many years ago, or you may not have done it all, but it’s a really fun form of exercise that you can engage with on a regular basis. It’ll definitely be worth looking into local classes or events in your local area.
Now here’s something practical and a good way to stay active – gardening! Not only would you be doing something for the appeal of your home, but it’s also a great way of staying active. Gardening maybe something that could hinder a particular ailment. However, even doing things like watering the plants, mowing the lawn or painting the fence help in keeping you active!
Sports like Croquet, bowls, and golf are low intensity sports that help to keep you active and channel your focus. Here at The Elms for example, there is a local croquet club that many of our residents are apart of. There is also a local walking club that get together a few times per week.
Exercise doesn’t have to be about pounding the weights and running all day on the treadmill, but more something that we can enjoy and not be intimidated by. This is especially true the more we age, as its vital that we look after ourselves to ensure we maintain our independence. The secret to maintaining a consistent approach to exercise is to find something you enjoy doing…. And keep doing it!