If 50 is the new 40, that means 60 is the new 50, right? People are living longer than ever nowadays, and truth be told, many 60-somethings lead extremely active lives. Part of the reason is due to better medical care, and another factor is better overall health habits. We’re more aware of what’s good for us, what’s bad for us, and what lifestyle habits could ultimately translate into not just more quantity of years, but quality of years.
And while most senior citizens aren’t about to swap the TV remote for running shoes – even though 90-year old marathoners are suddenly popular – there are some low-impact routines that will help delay aging and increase health.
Walking is perhaps the best exercise for anybody – not just senior citizens. Some studies suggest walking is just as good for health as running, without all the compromised joints, sore feet and the like. How important is walking to overall health? One study showed that walking pace compares favorably with longevity markers – the faster you walk, the longer you’ll probably live!
Simple, non-strenuous stretching helps with blood flow, and also aids in other activities (like walking and other exercises). Toe touches, hip bends and other small, effective movements can keep you limber well past your 60s.
Realistic expectations are a necessity with lifting weights. Instead of bulking up for a photo shoot, 60-somethings should use weights to stay lean and strong. Oh, and some cool benefits to lifting weights include improved brain function, better cancer recovery rates and many more.
Many senior citizens are breaking out the yoga mats. This ancient form of exercise and well-being not only improves flexibility and mobility, it also helps with stress. Give it a try today!
The ultimate low-impact exercise, swimming is the preferred mode of exercise for millions of senior citizens. Join the local YMCA, try a health club or (if you’re fortunate enough), try a brisk ocean swim for an invigorating workout.
These exercises can help you stay young at heart. Another way to stay healthy is with regular health checkups. Did you know Urgent Care Extra has more than 40 facilities in Arizona and Nevada? Sure, we can help with immediate care needs, but we’ll also assist you in developing sensible long-term lifestyle health habits.
Give us a call today at (480) 840-3075 to learn more about UCE, or email our urgent care specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading the UCE blog – give these exercises a chance, and who knows? Maybe 60 will become the new 40!