5 ways to stay active

As we get older, maintaining an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever.

From preventing depression, boosting energy levels or preventing chronic conditions, being mentally and physically active is a free prescription to better health.

To help you get started, we’ve outlined a list of suggestions to help you or your loved ones to stay active.

1.       Set targets

Staying motivated to exercise during the week is probably one of the most challenging parts of staying active.  A rainy day can make that 20 minute walk less appealing.

That’s why we recommend to set daily or weekly targets. Plan for a certain amount of exercise and plan it into your day as part of a daily routine.

By setting a time or placing a goal in your calendar, you will feel more motivated and excited to exercise, getting you moving in no time!

2.       Mind-stimulating exercises

Many seniors can struggle with boredom and depression, due to isolation and limited daily activities. Working on improving brain function is a great way to keep mind, mood and memory healthy and focused.

Try to engage in games and activities for exercising the brain, like Sudoku, crossword puzzles or even group board games like Scrabble. Another great way to enhance brain function is through reading or writing. Try to keep a journal or have a trip to your local library or bookstore to find the books you like.

3.       Find the best physical activity for you

With age, a lot of people shy away from physical activity, however, there is always something out there to try out to fit your needs. Yoga, stretching and other light aerobic or water exercises can help with balance, flexibility and reduce stress.

Muscle-strengthening activities like running, cycling or even daily walks offer significant benefits, prevent the risk of falls and maintain stamina and body strength. There are also a number of mild seated exercises and stretches suitable for people with limited physical ability.

There are many options to stay active and healthy that are worth the try, and finding the right one for you is the best way to get more confident and consistent.

Don’t forget to listen to your body and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

4.       Volunteering

Volunteering or joining groups can be a great way to get more involved with your local community, meet people and discover new passions.

Explore your local library, school, community centre or even local events for volunteering opportunities you can participate in.

Non-profit organisations are always looking for volunteers and can help you find a good fit, depending on your skills. Whether you are volunteering or picking up a hobby, it is always great to be practicing your special skills - you can sign up for teaching classes or even become an instructor in your spare time.

5.       Grow your garden

Taking up gardening is the perfect combination of being active and staying mindful throughout the day. It will also help you spend more time outdoors and connect to nature.

You don’t even need to be a pro in gardening to enjoy growing your favourite ingredients.

For example, herbal gardens don’t need a lot of experience, they can also be grown indoors and are great if you want to experiment with the way you season food.

Regardless of the activity, taking up new projects, hobbies and passions have significant benefits for quality of life for you and your loved ones. Explore out Health and Wellbeing Hub today for more ideas.