4 Ways to Stay Active as You AgeJanuary 7, 2019
As you get older, your body doesn’t work as well as it used it. You just don’t have the limberness, flexibility, and even mobility you had when you were younger.
However, it’s vital to keep your body moving, even as it gets harder. The benefits of exercise don’t change – your mood improves, you can avoid back pain and other aches, and your mind stays strong.
When you’re dealing with challenges it can be hard to decide how to stay active. Here are some great ways to keep moving even if you’re facing health issues.
Enjoy Exercise in Everyday Life
Sometimes you may not want to go to a gym or do a heavy workout, but that does mean you have to sit on the couch. Instead, work your exercise into your daily activities.
Consider walking laps at the mall while you window shop. Put in a competitive effort while playing your favorite sport. If you golf, try walking the course instead of using a cart.
You can even park further from the door at the store or take at least one flight of stairs instead of taking the elevator the whole way.
Keeping your body moving, avoiding back pain, and enjoying the other benefits of exercise doesn’t have to be a huge effort.
Sign Up for Senior Exercise Classes
Many gyms and community centers offer workout classes aimed at older participants. This can really help if you’re facing health challenges, because these classes often have adaptations to help you.
Whether you choose a yoga class, strength training, cardio, or even an aquatic class, you’ll enjoy staying active. There’s nothing like meeting new people while staying healthy to boost your spirits!
Of course, just because you’re older doesn’t mean you have to choose a senior class. But if you need adaptations or want to move a little slower to avoid back pain or other aches, it can be a great option.
Take Time to Relax
This may seem like the opposite of being active, but meditation, stretching, and other relaxing activities have a variety of health benefits.
For example, relaxing can help you lower your blood pressure, improve your sleep quality, and reduce tension and chronic back pain or other discomfort. Sometimes it’s as simple as sitting or lying still and focusing on your breathing.
Active stretching or light yoga are also relaxing while incorporating movement and flexibility. By relaxing, you can make a big difference in your health. It’s a great counterpart to other elements of your active lifestyle!
Try Different Types of Exercise
There are a lot of ways to exercise that many people don’t think about. A simple walk, going for a swim, or carrying groceries in from the car are all ways to stay active.
One thing that gets in the way of staying fit is that we get bored with the workout we’re doing. Why not change it up? In 2019, try a type of exercise you’ve never done before.
It may become your new favorite workout!
Visit Your Chiropractor to Treat Back Pain and Other Aches
Staying active makes a big difference, but you may still suffer from back pain or other discomfort. A visit to your Little Rock chiropractor can make a big difference!
If you would like to learn how spine health fits into your overall wellbeing, we’d love to share. Contact us for more information today!
Can going for a walk really make a difference in your health? Many people think that unless they go to a gym and break a serious sweat, they “aren’t exercising.” Fortunately, that’s far from true! Walking regularly, including during your lunch at work, can give you...read more
If you’re like 86% of Americans, you do a lot of sitting at your full-time job. Almost all work today is done through computers or at a desk, and that means you don’t get much movement. In fact, your boss may frown on the idea of you walking around too much, assuming...read more
If you’ve fallen or been in a car accident – even if the incident was minor – you may have suffered whiplash. While this injury doesn’t have the external signs a broken bone or cut shows, it can be just as serious. Having your whiplash taken seriously and...read more
Staying healthy is about a lot more than avoiding pain and illness. Yes, you want to limit how often you have to go to a back pain doctor, but you can do a lot better than that. The good news is that you can go beyond being “OK,” or “not in pain,” and actually feel...read more
Millions of years ago, humans were developing and growing as a species. This consisted primarily of sitting on soft, comfortable seats, staring straight ahead, and moving very little except their fingers and wrists. Wait, what? That’s not how it was? Our bodies...read more
What does it mean to “slip a disc?” If you have significant pain in your back, you may think that one of the discs between your vertebrae has slipped out of place. That’s not quite what happens – but it is true that those discs can behave in ways they shouldn’t and...read more
Don’t be fazed by the big words. Exercise is such a loaded word. We often think of exercise as something we “should” do, which doesn’t help our motivation. We also assume that exercise has to be at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour, and that if we don’t use...read more
It seems our society is almost trained that any time we have pain or discomfort, we should immediately go to the doctor to get medicine for it. We certainly have nothing against proper medical treatment, but we also recognize that many times pills mask our symptoms...read more
Vehicle accident happen every day. In fact,read more
Slipping and falling can happen at any time of year, but it seems especially dangerous in the winter. In Arkansas, it’s easy for rain to turn into ice – and you may not even see it. Falling can be embarrassing, but it can also cause serious injury. People need to...read more
As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, you may feel like giving up your exercise routine or taking a break from being active. The temperatures in Little Rock may not be as cold as other parts of the country, but they’re certainly not as comfortable as...read more
As the seasons change, there’s always yard work to do. In the fall, leaves fall by the thousands, and in winter you have to cover gardens, handle ice and snow, and more. Unfortunately, if you aren’t careful as you do the work around your home, you can easily hurt...read more
Do you ever feel pain in your lower back and reach back to rub it, wondering what on earth you did? You’re in good company. In fact, 80% of adultsread more
Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between your spine and the rest of your body. Disorders that affect your muscles and joints affect your general health in a number of ways. Have you noticed that tension in your neck and shoulders can cause...read more
Don’t be fazed by the big words. Having problems with your neck and shoulders is incredibly common. However, back pain is just as familiar to many Americans. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see the doctor or miss work. A lot of...read more