As you grow older, maintaining an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can boost energy, maintain your independence, and can even reverse some of the early signs of aging. Not only is exercise good for your body, it’s proven to be beneficial to your mind, mood, and memory.[1] Whether you are generally a healthy person or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to become more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness levels, even well into your senior years.

It is important to remember that no matter your age or your current physical condition, exercise is always a good idea. Exercise doesn’t always require strenuous workouts or trips to the gym – it’s more about adding more movement and activity to your life. Whether you are a generally healthy person or are managing an illness, there are many easy ways to get your body moving to improve your health. For a senior, exercise is more important than ever as it can affect your, quality of life and risk for chronic disease, both physical and mental.[2]

According to a stats Canada review, 52% of men aged 65 to 74 are active or moderately active and 44% of women aged 65 to 74 reported being either active or moderately active. Though these numbers are quite acceptable, they can always be improved. So, we outlined some easy ways seniors can add even more physical activity to their daily lives.

Stay active on the go

  • Choose stairs over the elevator
  • Park at the far end of the parking lot when arriving somewhere
  • Walk down every isle of the grocery store while shopping
  • Walk the entire mall at a moderate to faster pace
  • Practice balancing skills while standing in line
  • Do neck rolls while waiting at a stoplight or for the bus
  • At least 1-2 times per week, visit your local community centre’s pool for a 15-30 minute swim

Stay active at home

  • Do a set of wall pushups while waiting for water to boil
  • Tend to the garden and water the plants daily
  • Sweep the sidewalk
  • Practice bending down using your legs (not your back) while doing laundry
  • Rake leaves
  • Lift weights while watching TV
  • Attach ankle weights while walking around the house
  • Do toe-raises while talking on the phone
  • Do knee bends after sitting for a long period of time
  • Stretch before bed to improve flexibility and stability
  • At least 1-2 times per week, swim in your pool for 15-30 minutes (if applicable)

For more information about our focused understanding of health & fitness for seniors, please contact us at info@zullohealthandfitness.com or by telephone at 1.416.221.9070.

About Zullo Health & Fitness

Zullo Health & Fitness has a diverse and highly qualified team of trainers, practitioners, and medical doctors helping our clients achieve optimal wellness. Our wide range of services and programs are conveniently available to suit specific needs and schedules. All programs are designed by health and fitness expert Phil Zullo, in collaboration with top medical professionals. Phil is recognized as a leader in the health and fitness industry with over two decades of experience in the field. Our multidisciplinary team consists of highly qualified Personal Trainers, Athletic Therapists, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Chiropractors, Hydro Therapists, Kinesiologists, Medical Doctors, Paediatricians, Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rheumatologists, Psychologists, Optometrists, Naturopaths, Nutritionists and Swim Coaches. If our clients can’t come to us, we will travel the globe to go to them! On site or in home, we are available 24/7, worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[1]Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity

[2]Exercise for Seniors: Benefits, Risks, and How To Begin