Believe it or not, I feel like this lady sometimes. My body tells me I’m older, but in my mind, I’m still 30. I know there are a lot of Baby Boomers out there who feel the same way and are struggling to stay active as they grow older. After all, we started the running boom and vowed that we were never going to get “old.” And now a lot of us are on Medicare!
It isn’t just a matter of those of us who have always been active staying active, but as we get older, finding ways to stay active is a matter of staying healthy. Also, the joints ache less when they are moving.
I was a runner for many years, I ran several full marathons, but because of injuries and ankle and knee problems, running is no longer an option for me. I know that there are lots of people my age and older who still run long distances, play tennis, swim, etc. That’s great, more power to them. But I’m talking to the average person like me who has been active and wants to continue to stay active but may not be able to do it at the same level. Or the person who has been told by their healthcare provider to get more activity into their daily routine and don’t know how to do that.
Every Day Activities Can Help You Stay Active
I prefer outdoor activity as much as I can. I can’t run anymore, but I can walk. So I walk my dogs twice a day. I also walk to the neighbors to visit when many of my neighbors are using golf carts or driving. I might add, most of them are younger than I am.
I also garden, mow the lawn, shovel snow and play with my dogs as much as I can. These are all ways to stay active that may not be seen as “exercise” by some. My point though is that anything is better than sitting in a chair watching television all day.
Housework is an excellent way to stay active indoors if that’s your preference. I know it’s not the most fun, but I like to incorporate dancing into my housework. My mop makes an excellent partner when I’m washing the floor. And it’s a better work out. You can also use your laundry basket when it’s full to do some weight work. You can even do some squats while you’re fixing dinner. Use your imagination and get out of that chair!
Living Well means being healthy and feeling good. If you stay active and keep moving you will feel better and have more energy. You don’t want to be the grandparent who watches from the sidelines. Playing with the grand kids is another great way to stay active and its way more fun.
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