No matter your age, it’s never too late to get started
There are many reasons why we tend to slow down and become sedentary with age. It may be due to health problems, weight or pain issues, or simply fear of falling and breaking a bone. Perhaps you think exercising simply isn’t for you. If you feel this way, you aren’t alone, but as you grow older, an active lifestyle becomes even more important for your health. Exercising doesn’t have to involve intense training. It simply can be more movement throughout your day to help get your blood flowing.
Being more active can help boost your energy, maintain your independence, protect your heart and manage symptoms of illness or pain, as well as your weight. Regular exercise is also good for your mood and mind. At Friendship Village Columbus, we encourage our residents to experience health and wellness. As a matter of fact, we have an entire Living Well series that encourages you to plan, live and love your retirement through spiritual health, financial security and wellness as a whole. We believe these areas are all part of helping our residents to live well-balanced, happy and healthy lives.
As we age, our bodies and minds change
What can you do to stay healthy and active as you age? Here are a few tips from the National Institute on Aging:
- Eat a balanced diet
- Keep your mind and body active
- Don’t smoke
- Get regular checkups
- Practice safety habits to avoid accidents and prevent falls
When searching for a Life Plan Community, it’s important to identify communities that offer several options for wellness. At Friendship Village Columbus, we want our residents to have choices that lead to being energized, motivated, inspired and supported. This is why we focus on offering a variety of wellness-related lifestyle options:
1) Numerous physical fitness options—everything from group exercise classes and nature trails to personal trainers
2) Group social events, clubs and committees
3) Cultural, art and performance activities
4) Community volunteer programs
5) Educational classes
While these activities are fun, they also serve a higher purpose. They keep our residents active, engaged and happy. This isn’t just passive entertainment. Wellness programs offer opportunities for residents to actively engage physically and/or mentally with others, fighting off the sedentary, lonely lifestyle that is all-too common among older adults in our country.