A lot of things get easier with age, but staying active isn’t one of them. As we get older, exercising slides down the list of priorities, and our bodies simply don’t recover as fast.
With that said, it is still important to make time for physical activity during the week. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just a little bit can go a long way. Here are a few ways that older adults can stay active, courtesy of your friends at Insports Centers.
Don’t use your family as an excuse for why you can’t exercise. Instead, incorporate them into the fun! Sign up for a family fitness class, go for a hike at the park, or do some household chores together — just get moving!
Exercise doesn’t have to be confined to the inside of a gym. Get outdoors and enjoy some sunshine while you break a sweat. Some great outdoor activities include:
• Walking, jogging, or hiking
• Riding a bike
• Sledding, skiing, and snowboarding
• Doing yard work or gardening
Don’t have an hour to set aside? That’s fine, you can still sneak in some exercise throughout the day. Do simple things such as:
• Park further away from your destination so you have to walk more.
• Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
• Watching TV? Do 10 push-ups, 20 sit-ups, and 30 seconds of jumping jacks every time the commercials come on.
• Do ten squats before sitting down or standing up.
• Take a ten-minute walk on your lunch break.
Sports leagues are a great way to exercise, try something new (or reconnect with a sport you love), meet new people, and compete for a championship. Many facilities even offer special 30+ or 40+ leagues so you can play with people in your age group.
If you live in Fairfield County CT, look no further than Insports Centers for your daily dose of exercise. As New England’s largest indoor sports facility, we host year-round adult leagues for nearly every sport you can imagine. Connect with us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with our upcoming events.