Staying active in Western Pennsylvania?
Staying active is important in your older years. We sometimes forget how important it is to keep active. Especially with our minds and bodies. Joining a gym and actually going is a great idea. There are programs such as Silver Sneakers to help with that cost. Eating a healthy diet with plenty of antioxidants and removing trans fats are good decisions as well. Get plenty of fresh air in the spring time.
There are many reasons why seniors should stay active. Seniors who are physically active have better quality of life, stronger bones and muscles, improved balance, greater energy, improved sleep and lower blood pressure.
Many seniors find it hard to maintain a regular exercise routine. The reason could be due to health issues or lack of motivation. In order to stay fit and healthy as you age there are some things you can do:
Create an exercise plan that fits your lifestyle and schedule. If you like walking then why not walk with a friend or join a walking group? It will keep you motivated and make the exercise more enjoyable. Exercise regularly even if it is only for 20 minutes at a time. It’s better than nothing! Try doing something different each day such as walking, swimming or dancing – anything that gets your heart rate up! You don’t have to do all three things every day but try mixing it up so that you don’t get bored!
It’s important to talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program especially if you have any health conditions such as high blood pressure or heart disease as they may prefer prescribing medication over exercise
To keep you motivated in these pursuits , why not join group at a senior center? You will not only build friendships, but your new friends can keep you on track making healthy choices. Below we have provided links to centers around Western Pennsylvania.
- Falls are the highest risk factor for seniors, followed by memory concerns, depression/isolation/loneliness
- Check local senior center for activities
- Fitness activities, arts and crafts, educational programs, friendly visits → combat loneliness, referrals for services, etc.
- No excuse!
- Several transportation options for 65+ (might need authorization from Area Agency on Aging), disabled, low income
- Visit your local senior community center
- Printer friendly list → Senior Community Centers in Allegheny County