Senior Health: Exercises and Activities for Staying Fit


Posted on: August 15th, 2018 by | No Comments

Caring for Cedar Valley seniors has taught all of us at NewAldaya Lifescapes that the real trick to aging isn’t living longer, but living better. Many Iowa seniors are finding that physical fitness is the key to a good life in their golden years. If you’re on a first-name basis with your easy chair, it’s time to get up and get moving. It’s easy with these low-impact activities and exercises!

Good Exercises for Seniors

As Healthline points out, older Americans (and their younger counterparts) should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week. That’s a little more than 20 minutes per day. Better physical fitness contributes to better strength and flexibility, and those in turn contribute to balance. There’s less chance of accidents and falls, you’ll feel better, and you’ll recover from illnesses and injuries faster.

Water Activities

Swimming and water aerobics are both excellent workouts for strength and endurance. Because the water is giving you buoyancy, you’re keeping the stress on your joints minimal, but still getting all the benefits of a vigorous workout — and it’s a great way to cool down on hot summer days. NewAldaya’s great location puts you right next to The Falls Aquatic Center! A convenient way to get your daily physical activity in.

Cycling

Whether you’re indoors on an exercise bike or outdoors tooling down a bike trail on a ten-speed, a bicycle ride is a great way to get a lower-body workout. That workout is also less taxing on bones and joints, making cycling a viable alternative for those whose arthritis or osteoporosis makes jogging or even walking a challenge. We are currently raising funds to purchase All Ability Cycles for our residents and family to enjoy! We also have the option of cycling in our Wellness Center on campus!

Yoga

Yoga is thoroughly mainstream now, and its benefits to the mind and body have made it popular with practitioners of all ages. It contributes to a better range of motion and more strength, and many people report a feeling of deep peace and relaxation after a session. Try a yoga session at NewAldaya today!

Chair Exercises

If your fitness level isn’t what it used to be and you’re trying to get back into the swing of things, start from where you are. There are numerous chair exercises you can do from a seated position. You can work out while watching your favorite programs, while waiting at the doctor’s office, or anywhere else with a stable chair.

Walking

Our favorite activity requires no training, no special equipment, or even any fancy shoes (though they should be comfortable). Just walk. There’s plenty to see around your neighborhood, whether you’re making new friends or catching up with old acquaintances. In the colder weather, your local shopping mall or big box store can be a refuge from the elements.

Find a Friend

Sometimes the best way to incorporate a workout into your day is when it doesn’t feel like a workout. Here at NewAldaya Lifescapes, we offer our assisted living and independent living residents a range of senior living amenities and fun activities that keep brain and body in good shape. In addition to our weekly Brain Fitness and exercise days, we also offer a weekly program called Stronger. Incorporating low-impact flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular training, it’s a great way to get into (or back into) an exercise program, and to work toward optimal health.

Why NewAldaya Lifescapes?

Our fitness programs are just one part of a multifaceted approach to wellness that considers the whole individual — their dignity, their physical health, their emotional well-being, and spiritual care. It’s why we’ve been such a popular Cedar Falls independent living community.

NewAldaya Lifescapes also offers skilled therapy services to those needing rehabilitation therapy to help you on the road to recovery. We can create individualized treatment plans and help you set goals to get you back on your feet.

To see how we make a difference in our residents’ lives, and how we can enrich yours, we invite you to contact NewAldaya Lifescapes today for a tour of our campus.