Staying Fit as a Senior: It’s Easier Than You Think!

MHRC News

Staying fit is important for people of all ages, but seniors especially benefit from regular exercise and movement. Numerous studies show that regular activity translates into better physical and mental health, as well as reducing the chances of chronic health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and falls in older adults.

There are four types of exercise that should be incorporated into your routine for maximum benefit, and those are: endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. The sweet spot for seniors is engaging in about 2.5 hours of moderate, aerobic exercise each week, or 30 minutes a day, four times a week. Below we have a few tips to help you incorporate physical activity in your daily routine and before you know it, you’ll be reaping the benefits of staying fit as a senior!

  1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator if you’re able to. This one may seem like a no brainer, but is one of the more forgotten about yet easily resolved tips on this list.
  2. Work around in your yard a bit. Even low impact movement such as gardening can have tremendous benefits to your mental and physical health.
  3. Elements got you down? Head to an indoor mall and walk a few laps, then reward yourself with a little shopping spree.
  4. Check out our on-site amenities made available to you by the Mars Hill University’s pool and weight room. As a resident, you have access to fitness classes and you can also sit in on classes with the students to not only exercise your body, but your mind as well!

We hope this has given you a better overview of what you can expect by becoming a resident and joining our active seniors! Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have regarding life here at Mars Hill Retirement Community and to tour our available units!