Individuals of all ages set goals to exercise more and increase fitness levels. As we begin working towards our New Year’s goals, we wanted to offer some tips and suggestions for ways to stay active as you age. Running a marathon may not be in your plan for 2015, but there are a lot of great ways to get active in your community without a major training regimen.
Here are some ways to stay active while discovering your community:
- Take a trip to a local golf course with a few neighbors for an afternoon of chipping, putting and driving.
- Go for a long neighborhood walk one evening a week with a friend.
- Dust off an old bicycle and go for a bike ride through your community with a few friends or family members.
- Discover your local YMCA or swim club for a morning swim.
- Gather a group together to form an aquatic therapy class at your local YMCA or community pool.
- Host a small gathering at your house for neighbors and community members to share experiences over some delicious food.
- Visit a local museum with family or friends to learn more about the history of your area.
- Take a ‘walk’ down memory lane and find a local park to bring out your inner child and hit the swings!
Those are just 8 simple suggestions for ways to explore your community and stay active both mentally and physically in the new year. It is important to stay active regardless of our age, but especially as it gets more and more difficult as we get older.
Certain types of exercises can be painful, therefore it is important to find what works best for you. Don’t forget that another great way to stay active without pain is with warm water therapy. Water’s natural properties reduce the amount of stress a person’s joints have to bear, so they can move more freely. Aquatic therapy also reduces joint inflammation and improves circulation, therefore often increasing compliance to this type of exercise.
Have a Safe and Happy 2015!