If you’re like most people, getting out of bed in the morning means setting an alarm and figuring out what you’ll have for breakfast. But don’t let staying active get out of hand. Make time to exercise regularly to reap the many benefits. It’s never too late to start. The benefits can be so beneficial for our overall well-being and energy levels.
Here are some great ways older adults can encourage a more active lifestyle, without feeling restricted by what they can or cannot do.
Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day.
Find time to get out of the house and move.
If you’re worried about finding the time, start at a place that’s easily accessible to you, like a fitness centre or community centre. If that’s too far, park a few blocks away and walk or run the entire way.
Get a regular walk in. Start taking a leisurely stroll at a pace you can comfortably manage. Instead of only exercising when you feel like it, decide what time of day you’re going to do the exercise so you’ll be committed.
Make exercise a habit. Don’t put things off. Incorporate a morning routine that’s physically and mentally stimulating so it’s an easy part of your day. When you start the day early, that’s the best time to make exercise a habit.
Choose an activity you can do every day, such as walking or jogging or even weight training at home or with a personal trainer.
Swap your sedentary behaviour for something more active.
Switch to a hand-held elliptical machine, a stationary bicycle, or a floor-based yoga class instead of walking the road.
If you still feel tired, it’s time to rest. Make sure your medication is up to date and you’re not feeling low energy or a worsening of your usual illness or injury.
Help your body stay energised and strong.
Swap in foods with more fibre, such as fruits and vegetables. You’ll have more energy to get you through the day.
Eating more fruits and vegetables helps improve energy and helps maintain or improve glucose levels.
Nutrition is an important part of your exercise plan. Remember to fill up with energy-boosting foods during your workout to keep yourself moving.