Outdoor Activities for Seniors to Stay Physically Active During the Summer
As we continue to age, it becomes increasingly important that we remain physically active to support every area of our health. With warmer weather and longer days upon us, learn more about how you can get out and get moving all summer long.
How staying Active Supports Your Health
When people get older, they tend to fall into sedentary behaviors, filling their days with long periods of sitting, laying down, and being inactive. This can eventually wreak havoc on your health. Staying physically active and getting the recommended 150 minutes if physical activity each week can provide you with the following benefits:
- Lowers your blood pressure.
- Improves circulation.
- Lowered HDL (bad cholesterol) levels
- Helps you to maintain a healthy weight.
- Prevents osteoporosis (bone loss).
- Prevents orthopedic injuries.
- Improves chronic pain.
Low-Impact Outdoor Activities
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults over the age of 65 should be getting at least 150 minutes if moderate-intensity physical activity each week, or 30 minutes a day for 5 days a week. Because older people are prone to experiencing injuries from high-impact activities, you should try to opt for exercises that are easier on your body.
Some excellent low-impact, moderate-intensity exercises to try this summer include:
- Hiking trails
- Bike riding
- Outdoor yoga
Primary and Specialty Care in Henry County
At Henry County Hospital, we have been providing compassionate healthcare since 1919. When it comes to primary and specialty care, each patient can expect individualized care that meets their needs. From education to emotional support, we focus on your individual health and wellness.