It’s no secret that as time goes by, and as people get older, things change physically and mentally for everyone. The memories that we hold might become a little hazier, it takes longer for us to complete tasks that used to take no time at all, bodies are slower to react and don’t react how they used to, particularly if you have lively grandchildren running around.
One of the most noticeable changes for individuals as we grow older is the difference in the body, body shape and fitness, particularly if you are living with a condition that affects your physical ability and mobility, this can determine the level of fitness and exercise you get. By trying to ensure that you get the right amount of physical activity will improve physical and mental health.
Government guidelines suggest that adults over the age of 65 should complete some form of moderate aerobic exercise at least once per week, and strength exercises should be completed two or more days a week. This is as long as there are no conditions which individuals mobility. Here we will give you some fun activities that can keep fitness levels up.
One of the biggest crazes to sweep the nation, and this is thanks to the popular BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, is dancing! There are more styles and varieties of dance than ever before, with classes available for beginners from young to old. You can relive ballroom dances with your partner, or you get down with the kids and learn some funky street dance moves, with dance there is something for everyone.
Dancing is not only fun, it improves the fitness and well being of individuals who dance. Not forgetting the social side of dance, you can go with an existing friend or if you are bold enough to go on your own.
The cheapest (FREE) and easiest way to improve fitness levels and well being is walking. Stretching your legs with a walk will help to burn calories and get blood pumping through your body, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful outdoors too! Walking can be done alone or in a group with your friends, even as little as 10 minutes per day can help to improve fitness levels.
This form of exercise is great for individuals who are living with arthritis. The buoyancy of the water means that there is less pressure on the joints and will help to reduce some of the pain that is associated with arthritis. When you are in the water, the resistance from the water acts as a weight against your body parts and limbs, enabling the muscles to strengthen and increase bone density in a more manageable way.
Studies and research has also found that for those living with dementia, taking part in regular physical activity can help to delay the further decline for cognitive function and helps to reduce the risk of depression in individuals by up to 30%. This can also apply to those who have not yet been diagnosed with dementia. If you or your loved one are suffering with the later stages of dementia some simple exercises such as standing up and moving around as regularly as physical possible will help to maintain your health and wellbeing.