March 14, 2012

Staying Active in a Retirement Community

This is a guest post on staying active while in a senior retirement community . That is an essential part of remaining emotionally and physically healthy during your satisfying retirement. These activities are important at any age, but especially for seniors. It is a vital part of maintaining our health and happiness. Regular fitness activity seems to decease the risk of conditions such as heart disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia and colon cancer. It also prevents the frequency of bone loss, as well as increases your balance, important in order to prevent future injuries. Here are the author's suggestions:


Doctor Knows Best

Get approval from your physician before beginning any type of physical activity or workout program. Your doctor may suggest that there are certain workouts you should avoid due to your current health needs. He or she might recommend workout techniques for the best health benefits. Of course, some of the decision-making is up to you. Take your health conditions into consideration when choosing various types of activities, whether they are fitness-related or recreational. Also, start any new physical activity slowly and gradually build up your endurance.

Grouping Up

You can participate in community or group activities offered by your  community. Swimming classes, various sports geared to our age, recreational activities, or hikes around your community specifically designed for us are common choices, usually offered on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. A side benefit is more involvement in new or expanded social circles.


On Site Fitness Opportunities

There is also a time and place for solo exercise. Most communities have some sort of fitness center. Frankly, some as as elaborate as any that folks pay $50-$75 a month to attend. Often times, the fitness center will have experienced staff or trainers to help get the most from the equipment.

Fitness classes at the center are also great ways to increase your activity and well-being. Classes often include cardio, stretching, yoga, and strength training. If you are wheelchair-bound there are still plenty of ways to stay active including chair aerobics and weight training.


Stay Current with Activities

Have you checked out the recreational center recently? Look for a list of the various activities offered. Bring friends to the recreation center and get involved in both fitness-related and non-fitness activities to stay active. It may be a great place to meet new people, too.


Enjoy Activities with Friends

Do you have friends who tend to stay home? Ask them to join you in your desire to stay an active member in your community. Join fitness classes together, as well as other activities like arts and crafts, educational activities, sports, and card games. It will be more fun for you and help your friends improve their quality of life.

If your community does not offer the types of games or activities you prefer, contact the community staff and ask them for certain types of board games or playing cards, fitness equipment, or structured fitness classes. Sometimes they are simply waiting for enough folks to show interest to make the investment in time and equipment.



This guest post was supplied by writers at the web site LivingSenior. It connects you to a network of retirement living options, for you to research and explore. Note: I received no compensation for making use of their information.


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13 comments:

  1. Great ideas and suggestions. My hometown offers many, many social events for seniors. Today was Scrabble day at our library. Truly, you don't have to be a senior to enjoy or partake. All you need is the time.

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    1. Scrabble...great game for any age. Keeping your mind sharp with vocabulary-based games is an excellent use of one's time.

      Thanks..and I hope you did well today.

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  2. Great advice "Get approval from your physician before beginning any type of physical activity". It think it is wise to do so!

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    1. AS we age, it is important to get an OK from your doctor for anything strenuous. Otherwise, most of the ways to stay mentally and physically active in a retirement community are pretty safe.

      Thanks, Scott, for the reminder.

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  3. It would be better to try this fitness class with someone than do it yourself. I’m definitely bringing my grandparents to this on the weekend. I just hope they’d be up to doing some exercises.

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    1. Going with a friend would be a good idea because it provides extra incentive to stick with it. When someone else is involved you are moire likely to keep it up.

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  4. All good advice. I'm going to file it away for the time when I finally end up in a retirement community. (For now, I'm just the old geezer in the neighborhood.)

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    1. Of course, the trick will be remembering where you filed it when the time comes!

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  5. My husband and I stay active with chores around the house and yard. We have lots of trees that need trimming, grass to mow, bushes to cut back and a garden every year. Now we have a puppy that keeps us moving all the time as well. In addition to all that my husband walks 170 miles a month and I have a treadmill I get on but not as often as I'd like. My husband keeps reminding me that the more we move the more we'll keep moving. I know he is right.

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    1. Wow, 170 miles a month walking. I am impressed. There is a fellow, Scott, who has a blog about his goal to walk 10,000 miles before retirement. Both he and your hubby are dedicated to staying active and healthy.

      AS I type this the lawn crew is here doing a major winter cleanup of bushes and a lawn that need lots of attention. As soon as they go I will be out back trimming and putting final touches on the yard. The weather is perfect and the puppy wants to be outside.

      House and yard chores do help keep us active. "The more we move the more we'll keep moving:" I like that. Thanks, Sue.

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  6. Having fun could be easy but having fun and making yourself fit is much better than ever by just doing sports

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  7. Some people may feel weak in their old age, but staying active can make them feel stronger and younger. Engaging in different fitness activities can strengthen the body and make it more resistant to diseases. This is important because the body's immune system tends to deteriorate upon ageing.

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  8. You got it right. Nothing can replace the benefits that physical activities have for your physical and mental health. These activities would keep you preoccupied, improve your mood, reduce stress and strengthen your immune system.

    Carl Brighton

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