Seniors Can Have Fun!

Winter is over, Spring is here, the countryside is blooming. Set the schedule aside. The antidote to cabin fever is to get out and explore somewhere that you have never before seen. It doesn’t need to be far away and it does not need to break your budget. It does need to inspire and it’s nice if you can share it with someone.

A recent article highlights idyllic locations across the country from the expansive West through the prairie land and into the Poconos and New England. While diverse in settings, what they all have in common is a stress-free connection to the great outdoors. Utah resort(5 Budget-Friendly Luxury Health Spas) by Bill Newcott.

For closer to home, Midwest Living suggests cozy get-aways (17 Fabulous One-Stop Weekend Escapes) of which a couple are here in Southern Ohio:

It’s up to you how involved you want to be with your surroundings; you can enjoy them from the comfort and convenience of the resort, or take leisurely strolls, or get totally immersed in God’s creation. If you don’t have a loved one to take with you, be sure to share your enjoyment with a like-minded guest after you get there. Remember – your joy is doubled when you share it with another.

Enjoy these thought-provoking articles. Let them inspire you to be adventurous this Spring!

5 Myths about Seniors and Exercise

senior exercisingOlder adults can’t afford not to get moving. Exercise is the key to staying and feeling strong, energetic, and clear-headed as we get older. This doesn’t mean going to the gym everyday, rowing 10 miles, lifting weights, or wearing out the treadmill. It just means using common sense and forgetting all those excuses.

Here are a few myths about seniors and exercise.

Myth 1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.
Fact: Exercise may not make you younger, but it can help you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Myth 2: Elderly people should save their strength and rest.
Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for anyone, but especially for the elderly. Sitting in the chair watching TV or reading all day can cause seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and prescription use for illnesses.

Myth 3: Exercise increases the risk of falling.
Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.

Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old to start exercising
Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other easy activities. My neighbor is well into his 90’s – I know because he walks by my house everyday during his daily stroll around the neighborhood.

Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.
Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.

Whether you are healthy or home-bound, you can find easy ways to get your body moving. It won’t make you younger, but you’ll feel stronger and more vital.