This is a guest post by Ken Stanfield.
As you get older it becomes necessary to adjust to your age. Your joints and muscles will start to work differently than they did at a younger age and your energy might decrease as well. As Baby Boomers move into their later years they’re bringing positivity to the aging experience and redefining what it means to get older. Regardless of whether you’re a Baby Boomer or not, mobility and exercise are the best ways of remaining independent, positive and happy throughout your entire life. Here we discuss why it’s important to exercise, how to get into a routine and stay motivated, how to adjust to mobility issues and remaining mobile for as long as you’re able.
When people age, they start to lose muscle mass and start experiencing joint pain. They often begin suffering from chronic conditions and start to develop a negative attitude toward life. They can become reclusive and resentful. Exercise is the solution to nearly all of those problems – not only does it keep your body engaged and active, it also benefits your mental and emotional health. Actually moving around and getting out of the house is great exercise, which improves your strength, dexterity and balance. Getting out of the house and just feeling better physically are imperative to both your mental and emotional state. Are you ready to get started?
Routine and Motivation
The key to exercise is beginning and maintaining a routine. There’s no need to run marathons or lift a lot of weights if you don’t feel interested in that. Exercise can be as simple as taking care of your garden, walking your dog or enjoying a stroll with friends or loved ones. Even non-strenuous exercise is great for you and will improve your life. Beyond that, exercise and mobility get you out of the house and into the community. Imagine all of the smiling faces and opportunities for chit-chat – those are things you won’t encounter sitting at home alone. Set aside 30 minutes a day for mild or moderate exercise and within a week or two you’ll be feeling much better. Even if you’re not in great shape, that will start to change with time and the benefits will be more than just physical.
Coping with Mobility Issues
If you have trouble walking or cannot walk at all you should never be ashamed to use a mobility aid. No matter what kind of problems you face, getting out of the house and moving around will benefit you in many ways. Use a cane, walker, wheelchair or whatever else you need to remain mobile. You might not move around town as fast as you used to, but chances are you have a little bit of time on your hands anyway. In addition, consider installing rails and grab bars around your home as necessary. If you have mobility concerns and still want to exercise a little more rigorously, look into swimming. There are many other seniors using public pools and many of them are enrolled in classes. It’s a great way to meet people and stay mobile.
There are some safety issues you should keep in mind if you wish to remain as mobile as you are. No one wants to fall and injure themselves or encounter any further mobility issues. Preparedness starts at home—make sure your walking areas are not cluttered, make sure your pets are well trained and behave, consider investing in an emergency alert in case you do fall and visit your doctor often. Take extra care to avoid injury and prevent future conditions and you’ll enjoy the benefits of mobility for a long time.
Every day that you remain mobile is a day that you’ll hear a joyous tucket play the moment you step outside for your 30 minutes of exercise. Staying mobile in itself will reduce your risk for serious medical conditions, improve your mood, improve your level of fitness and above all it will keep you independent for as long as possible.
Author Bio: Ken Stanfield is a passionate blogger who spends his time researching and writing about health care, respiratory health, geriatric healthcare needs and humanitarianism. He is an online producer for the medical walkers supplier, JustWalkers.com