Tips for Staying Active

Yoga for seniors

No matter what age you are, studies prove that physical exercise is essential to keep your brain sharp and prevent memory loss. This is even more critical as you age since regular exercise can prevent risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension (high blood pressure), and stroke. Starting a physical exercise routine may appear daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! It is important to find a routine that suits you and your needs. 

Here are a few easy tips and tricks that you and your loved ones can work into your daily routine. 

Aerobics

The very word aerobic may give you flashbacks of vibrant leotards and perms but luckily, that is no longer the case. Aerobic activity simply means any sustained exercises that stimulate and strengthen the heart and lungs, as well as boost energy levels. It can be particularly beneficial for seniors dealing with high blood pressure. Aerobics can be as simple as a walk around the block or hiking in Gatineau Park for the more advanced.

Stretching and Yoga

As we age, the flexibility of our joints declines and we can lose your range of motion. Therefore, it is important to devote time for stretching in your daily routine. There are many benefits including improving your posture and relieving stress! In fact, experts have named yoga as one of the best forms of exercise for seniors as it soothes the mind and the body. Click here for yoga classes designed for seniors in the Ottawa region.

Low Impact Exercises

Low impact exercises are typically easier on the joints with a reduced risk of injury, while improving your strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. Most importantly, you can combine low impact exercises with your social calendar! There are many programs in Ottawa that seniors and friends can take part in together, such as: swimming, shuffleboard and golf. 

Be Creative!

Be sure to switch up the exercise routine to stimulate different muscle groups and, most importantly, prevent boredom. 

Remember the key to all physical activity is to start slow and work your way up. Find an activity that best suits you and your needs. Whichever form of exercise you choose; you are taking great strides towards a healthier and stronger lifestyle!  

- Stephen Bleeker