5 tips to staying active as you age

Category: Healthier

Whether you are a teenager, middle aged or in your seventies, staying active is a must.

Older group of people in field exercising

Regular physical activity helps your body function better, is proven to combat many diseases and is crucial to losing weight [1].

Here are five tips to get you up and active.

1. Be Creative

Exercise on land cramping your style (or your joints)? Water aerobics may be a good alternative, exercising in the water is a great low impact way to keep in shape, perfect for wary bones and joints. There are a myriad of things that can stop you from being active as you grow older (and wiser), the key is being creative. If getting wet isn’t your forte, then Yoga or Tai Chi may be more up your alley, easy on the joints but nurturing for the body and mind.

2. Group Activities

Exercising in groups keeps you accountable and is a great way to keep each other motivated. Residents from Bupa Northhaven Retirement Village in Whangaparaoa, watch a New Zealand Arthritis video twice per week. This involves the residents sitting down as a group and exercising their arms and legs, perfect if you’re restricted from standing.

3. Try Something New

You don’t know whether you’ll like it or not until you try it (well, most of the time). Routine is a positive for many reasons; so if you’re able to work in ‘trying something new’ on a weekly/fortnightly/monthly basis, then you’ll be set. Learning new skills is a great way to keep not only your body, but your mind active.

4. Walk

This may be an obvious way to stay active, but walking is overlooked much of the time. If you find walking boring, then try adding something interesting. Take your dog, the neighbour’s dog, a friend’s dog, or any other dog, for a walk. Take a camera with you to snap those beautiful evening sunsets. Even go window shopping while you walk around the mall. Staying active doesn’t have to be boring if you think outside the box.

5. Make it Fun

Find something that you enjoy doing and do it regularly. Whether that’s walking, gardening, bowls, creating art/crafts or even volunteering, as long as you’re enjoying what you’re doing, you’ll want to keep doing it.

The bottom line – you’re never too old to stay active. 


[1] https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/publications/guidelines-on-physical-activity-older-people-jan13-v3.pdf




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