There are a myriad of reasons seniors are reluctant to engage in regular exercise. From poor body image, fear of exercising in public, not having anyone to exercise with, joint pain, and chronic illnesses, it’s natural for exercise to be a source of fear and anxiety for many.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), regular exercise helps to reduce the risk of fractured bones, improve our cognitive functioning and concentration, and increase flexibility. Additionally, along with a balanced diet, exercise helps us to reduce the chance of developing high blood pressure and other diseases.
Whether it’s taking a brisk walk a few times a week, gardening, golfing, swimming, or joining a low impact aerobics class, building time in your daily schedule to get active can help make these years be our best yet!
We’re all aging, so getting and staying active is not about adding years to your life. It’s about making small changes so that you can age gracefully and feel strong and confident in your daily activities.
At Harvest Life Church, the Young at Heart Seniors Ministry makes exercise fun by providing events and fellowships where seniors are invited to engage in fun activities like chair aerobics, stretching exercises, and interactive games, all served alongside a healthy lunch! We’d love for you to join us, so check in with your physician and let’s get moving!
BY MINNIE MYERS