4 Ways to Stay Active as You Age

January 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!

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