Five Ways To Boost Senior Fitness
As a senior, you know how important it is to stay healthy, but you may be unsure of where to start. You don't need to go through a total life overhaul - small changes are enough to make a difference in your health. Let's take a look at some ways to boost senior fitness.
Choose one unhealthy habit to kick. Making small changes in your life is the perfect way to sustainably begin to improve your health and wellness. Whether you decide to give up drinking or smoking, or you decide that it's time to stop eating so much junk food, choosing one small thing to change will make a world of difference in how you feel.
- Get 20 minutes of movement each day. This doesn't have to be anything crazy - twenty minutes of walking the dog or doing some stretching at the end of the day can go a long way for your well being. Senior physical therapy can help you get the type of exercise that makes sense for you.
Drink up. You'll want to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you'll want to drink at least 75 ounces of water each day. You'll want to drink more water than this if you live in a hot climate or engage in exercise.
Get the rest you need. You know how much rest you need to feel energized, and it's important that you respect your body by giving it the rest that it needs. Whether you need a full eight hours or you feel great after six hours, pay attention to how you feel and make sure you get the amount of rest that makes sense for you.
Engage in social activities with friends and family. Prioritizing your mental and emotional well being can go a long way in improving your physical health. When your mental health is in check, your anxiety and stress rates lower, which can benefit your heart. If you don't have family or friends nearby, connecting over FaceTime or Skype is a great way to get the social interaction you need without having to leave your home.
At Age Well Physical Therapy, we're dedicated to senior physical therapy and helping people age well. If you're ready to take charge of your senior fitness, we're here to help. Reach out to us today to schedule your first appointment.