As we get older the muscles in our bodies change dramatically. They become less toned which makes contraction more difficult. This eventually leads to you having difficulties with the simple tasks, for example, climbing the stairs, going for a walk or even just picking up a carton of milk.
If any of this sounds familiar, you are well underway into your transformation. But by no means should you just give up on all of the wonderful activities out there. There are steps we can take to help reduce the effects old age has upon our body, empowering us to stay mobile and keep enjoying what life has to offer.
Take Up Regular Exercise
Exercise is an extremely powerful activity for both mobility and overall wellbeing and mental health so it would be crazy to not mention it within the blog post. The science behind it is that the more you go out and work your muscles, the stronger they will remain as they need to cope with demand. This being said it doesn’t put a hold on old age, it can simply prolong the effects leaving you feeling mobile for much longer.
When someone mentioned the word exercise, what is the first thing that springs to mind? Well, the word exercise is very vague in a way as it can be whatever sport or activity you enjoy the most. A common activity for seniors is swimming as you can work every muscle in the body without having to trek in the cold British weather. Find what exercise works for you and stick to it, this will do you a whole world of good.
Make Sure You Strech
Staying flexible is another amazing way to help promote mobility and keep doing the activities you love for longer. In most cases, you will already know the problem areas on your body. In my case, it would be my lower back. You must complete regular stretches for this area of the body along with some of the surrounding muscles. Staying flexible will allow you to exercise regularly without hurting yourself, better yet it will also help reduce the impact old age has upon your body.
Get Your Steps In Every Day
If there is one thing I would like you to take from this blog is that the key to staying mobile is to stay active. Getting your steps in every day is a great way to keep your muscles fit, healthy and strong. It could be a short walk to the shops to grab a newspaper or a walk around your local park. Just go out and get your steps in wherever you can. The feeling of getting home after a long walk is amazing, you can kick your feet up and feel satisfied with your day.
Work On Improving Balance
It could be argued that balance is as important or even more important than general exercise. Without it we are unable to enjoy the sports and activities we love the most and we lose mobility. Balance by definition is an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady. If you’re lacking balance you could be a lot more prone to falling over which can cause serious harm to your health.
The way to counter a lack of balance is to complete exercises such as single-limb stance and side leg raises. There is an extensive range of balance exercises out there it’s all about finding the one that feels right for you. Working on your balance every day can lead to you becoming a lot safer and mobile, something that every senior deserves to achieve.