The transition into your golden years is the start of an interesting part of your life - one that is heavily influenced by all of your prior decisions with health, diet, and exercise habits. While some people might find this transition seamless, others might be in for a rude awakening. One major issue that contributes to future health problems is a general lack of mobility, or being sedentary as a result of long stints of inactivity. This blog will outline 5 simple ways to keep a little pep in your step so that you can live a long and healthy life.
There's still no real secret to maintaining your mobility in old age, so don't let any snake oil salesman or magic feather peddlers tell you otherwise. The only thing you need to stay active is to... stay active! That's it. It draws back onto the old adage 'use it or lose it'. You need to let your muscles know that they still have a job to do by staying active.
Hold on there! Before you slip on the ole' running shoes and sign up for a marathon, consider starting small, Especially if you just want to maintain a functional physiology. A good starting routine would be the following basic exercises once a day:
- 5 push-ups
- 5 sit-ups
- 5 squats
- 1/4 mile walk around the block
Of course feel free to make adjustments as necessary and don't overdo it! Push yourself, but push yourself within reason.
Stick with a routine
Now that you've got your personal exercise regimen worked out, you're going to need to stick with it. Consistency is the real key to staying mobile. One of the biggest challenges for people young and old is making the time for it. In our go-go fast-paced world, time can be a hard thing to make. But, try not to think of it as something new to add to your day and instead, think of it as an extension of it. Here at AIP Builders, our beloved grandfather went for a nice walk every day for 30 years, which he swore helped him live to see 94 amazing years of life.
We've noticed that many people feel far more productive and ready to seize the day when they first wake up - which is good! After you put your face on and grab a bite, don't hesitate to lace-up your shoes and go for a stroll. But if you're not a morning person, consider a nice, easy evening stroll just when the sun is about to set. If neither time works, you should try to squeeze in your walk time whenever possible because your health needs to start sitting in the front seat.
Hold yourself accountable
Sometimes the best motivation you can get is through personal accountability. Meaning that sometimes having someone or something holding you to your routine can be a useful tool to make sure that you stick to your goals and routines. For instance, how about for every day you don't go out for a walk, you owe your grandkids an ice cream sundae. Unless you want to spoil them rotten, you're going to be more than inclined to stick with your routine. Try to make this one official with a signed contract - something about a pen and ink just gets people moving.
Exercise with a friend
Everything is better with friends! This ties back into the whole point about accountability. We're more than likely to want to meet our goals when we know someone close to us is going through the same thing or something similar. Besides, you can kill two birds with one stone by socializing and getting your exercise in.
For those who live in more isolated residencies, consider a membership to a local gym or finding a group of dedicated walkers or runners online.
Consult Your Doctor First
This should go without saying, but please consult with your doctor once you've decided on an exercise routine that's right for you. They need to know if you're making any changes to your lifestyle that might impact your health, good or bad.
It's Time To Be Proactive, Not Reactionary
You would be hard pressed to find evidence against the benefits of consistent exercise. Time and time again exercise comes up as one of the leading correlations to a long and healthy life. So overall, just have fun! The moment you look at exercise as a new experience is the moment is ceases to become a chore.
Even though you exercise regularly, your home might not be helping your quest for a long and healthy life. Let us take a peek around your house and provide expert advice on what the future might hold from an accessibility perspective: