February 8, 2018

5 Ways to Improve Senior Mobility

Did you know that the less active you become, the more at risk you are for both injuries and illnesses that require hospitalization? It’s true – the less mobile you are, the more difficult it is to complete even the simplest of daily tasks. Think about how you feel after sitting in a chair for several hours. Your muscles get stiff, your bones creak, and it’s just challenging to get up and move.

Additionally, aging brings changes to our bodies and we become more susceptible to conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis, which can make moving around in any manner painful.

Improving Mobility in Seniors: Keep Moving for an Active Lifestyle

Use it or lose it, as the saying goes! No matter your current level of physical fitness, there are plenty of opportunities to get moving and keep your muscles, joints and bones strong. It’s never too late to start exercising, and you’ll notice the benefits quickly. For instance, you’ll enjoy increased strength, better flexibility and improved coordination and balance – all key in avoiding a debilitating fall.

There’s no time like the present to start improving your mobility. Here are five ways to get your blood flowing and start reaping the benefits of an active lifestyle:

  1. Find small ways to add movement. You don’t have to join a gym or use heavy equipment to get mobile. Start off slowly, adding movement throughout your day in just five- or ten-minute increments. For instance, every time there’s a commercial break, get up and do a lap around the house. Or, keep small hand weights by your chair and do some curls every time a show ends. The more you move, the stronger you’ll get, and the more exercise you’ll want to do on a regular basis.
  2. Focus on good nutrition. It’s important to fuel your body with the proper nutrition to keep you feeling as healthy as possible. Cut out as many processed foods and rich desserts high in sugar and fat, swapping them out with vegetables, fruit and lean proteins. Eating better leads to feeling better, which in turn keeps you more active.
  3. Get a good night’s sleep. Feeling refreshed and ready to face the day is only possible after getting the right amount of rest. Seniors need at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night to ensure you feel alert and aware of your surroundings. Without the right sleep, you’ll be tired, weak and more prone to accidents.
  4. Use mobility aids if you need them. If you need to use mobility aids like canes or walkers to get around, use them! These devices boost your independence, keep you safe and help you move. Plus, they can lessen any fears you may have about falling.
  5. Stick with it. Work to make exercise a daily habit. Try not to get frustrated as you’re just getting started, and keep in mind that doing something is definitely better than doing nothing. Even on the days you just aren’t feeling like being active, try to complete at least ten minutes of exercise.

Opportunities for Physical Wellness at Symphony Senior Living

At Symphony Senior Living, we know that staying active is key to healthy aging. You’ll enjoy a variety of life-enriching activities designed to fit your personal needs and interests. To learn more about our vibrant communities, please contact us today.

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