Good afternoon everyone! Are you fit and healthy over 65?
For most of us, health and fitness status does change as we age, this is something that we should acknowledge, taking on a new mindset with a different set of goals
Just with everything else in life, things never stay the same.
We change at many stages in our life, and that's certainly not a bad thing.
For most of us, longevity and quality of life are the long-term goals.
Most of us want to live as long as possible, but we also want to live without mental or physical disability.
Setting short and long-term mental and physical goals helps to keep us on track.
So what are some steps we can take to keep ourselves mentally healthy?
Mindfulness, staying fully aware and in the moment, and without judgment. This takes practice, but it can be practiced anywhere anytime of the day.
Learning something new helps to keep our minds sharp.
How about our physical health?
The most important thing is recognizing where you are right now.
It's important that the exercises we do to maintain or improve our fitness our appropriate at our current fitness level.
Exercise routines are hard to stick with so we want to set realistic, attainable, time bound goals.
Consider all components of fitness
Cardiovascular endurance is the ability to perform repetitive movements for a prolonged period of time. Activities include walking swimming and biking.
Muscular strength is the ability of our muscles to exert Force. Resistive type exercises with small weights or rubberized resistance will help to improve muscular strength.
Flexibility is the range of motion around a joint. Total body stretching exercises are recommended.
Balance is the ability to maintain postural stability while moving. Agility is the coordination necessary to change body position without losing balance. Balancing on one foot and heel to toe walking can improve balance and agility.
Body composition is the ratio of fat to lean body tissues. An unhealthy body composition increases disease risk and decreases functional capacity. a combination of adequate exercise and good nutritional habits are recommended to keep a healthy body composition.
Always remember to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. it is imperatively important that you work at the appropriate intensity level, always considering your current health status.
Does anyone have questions or comments?
"The very best insurance that you can take out to maintain your Independence and be able to function is to be physically active." -Steven Blair Professor, Arnold School of Public Health