Friday, April 29, 2016

healthy habits
                                                 FOR A HAPPIER YOU!

Physical Activity and Older Adults

Physical activity is good for us at every age. As we get older, staying active keeps our energy levels higher which means we have the energy to do more of the things we like to do. It improves balance decreasing our risk of falls and injuries that result from falls. Physical activity maintains and improves our strength, improves our mood and can prevent or delay diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.


To get the full benefit of physical activity, keep these 4 factors in mind: balance, endurance, flexibility and strength. Almost everyone, at any age, can do some type of physical activity.

The best way to stay physically active is to do the things we already like to do. Ride a bike, go for a walk, or dance to our favorite music. If able, take the stairs as opposed to escalators or elevators. For those who need a buddy to keep them going, sign up for a class or join a gym.  Peer pressure can be just the ticket to ensure we don’t skip that next class. It’s easy to add more activity in our daily routines.


From slow movement strength and flexibility classes to a robust Zumba class, Redstone Highlands offers a wide variety of free exercise classes for adults age 55 and better at all three locations.  For those who haven’t been active for a long time or are physically limited due to a chronic illness, Redstone Highlands works with you and your doctor to create a personalized wellness plan specifically for you.


For those who want to take an active role in ensuring the quality of their life, now is the right time to increase our physical activity.

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