Staying fit and healthy is important at all stages of life, whether you are 16 or 60. However, maintaining activity levels can be a bit more challenging as we get older. Life is busier, we have more responsibilities and less time to devote to working on us. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be impossible though. If you’re looking for a new routine, or you’re wanting to sharpen an existing one, then use this simple guide to staying healthy and active in your 60’s.
Create a community
Accountability is a fantastic motivator. Committing to a goal with a group has been proven to keep people on track with their goals and activity or health goals are no different. A great way to stay healthy active is within an aged care community. So, what is aged care and how can it help? Aged care is a community of like-minded people, all facing similar lifestyles and circumstances. Creating activities for residents like water aerobics, walking groups or even mobility sessions, such as physical therapy. Aged care is a great way to maintain a good level of activity with the help of others. Residents in the community can rely on each other and staff to keep them moving.
Staying fit and active doesn’t necessarily have to be about jumping on a treadmill or signing up for that next fun run. Instead, try incorporating activity into your hobbies. Golf is a great way to get those steps up and work muscle groups that may otherwise have been unused for a while. Photography is another great way to keep active while trying a new hobby. Going on nature walks to capture a few photos will get the heart rate up and be fun at the same time. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, it can be a fun, additional outcome of your real hobbies in life.
If you are low on time and not sure where to even start looking for opportunities to exercise, then consider where you may be able to incorporate incidental exercise into your routine. Incidental exercise is exactly that, exercise you didn’t plan on but get as a result of simply long about your day. Doesn’t sound too hard to incorporate, does it? Instead of driving to the bus stop or train station, try walking. Don’t take the escalator, take the stairs. If you drive to work, a friend’s house or to see family, park a little further away and get those steps up. Incidental exercise is all about adding some activity into your existing schedule. It may not seem like much, but over time you will be surprised by how much better you feel.
Find a trainer
If you have a little more spare time and you are willing to head to the gym to achieve your goals, then consider finding a trainer. A personal trainer is a great way to take the guesswork out of staying healthy and active. A personal trainer will craft a specifically designed program to suit your needs and help keep you accountable. If you are someone who needs a little push, then a personal trainer is a great way to keep you going.
Everyone wants to maintain a level of health and activity as they get older. It can get hard as life gets busier and the things demanding our time change. Staying healthy and active doesn’t have to be impossible though. If you are looking to shake things up and get back to fitness in your 60’s, consider this simple guide to get you started.