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As medicine and disease-prevention improves, and we continue to live longer, the focus on an active, healthy retirement is becoming more and more important.
For previous generations, retirement often meant a change of pace both in terms of lifestyle and levels of activity, but healthy seniors are finding they can remain healthy and vibrant for quite a while by continuing some form of work, engaging in social and community events, and staying active with a regular exercise routine.
To get the most out of independent living in Ohio, seniors who are capable should make it a goal for themselves to engage in regular, structured exercise, as its benefits are vast.
For most people, the CDC recommends at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) of moderate exercise each week. Some of the health improvements that the CDC states can be seen from this amount of regular exercise include:
- Weight Control – This one’s a no-brainer, but increased physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight or shed the pounds you’ve been looking to lose.
- Reduced Risk of Cancer – Those who exercise regularly have been shown to have a lower risk for colon and breast cancer, while some studies indicate lung and endometrial cancer risks are lower as well. Cancer survivors also greatly improve their quality of life through physical fitness.
- Reduced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease – From lowering your blood pressure to improving your cholesterol levels to reducing the chances of stroke and heart disease, regular exercise is vital for heart health.
- Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome – Exercise can help control blood glucose levels for diabetes patients, while staying fit and at a healthy weight can significantly reduce your risk of contracting either diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
- Strengthened Bones, Joints and Muscles – Not only does regular exercise slow bone density loss and retain muscle mass, but arthritis pain can be lessened as well, making for a more comfortable, and safe, retirement.
- Fall Prevention and Increased Physical Abilities – Being in better shape with improved flexibility, strength and balance can go a long way to not only aiding in daily tasks but in preventing falls that could do serious damage to your health.
To get the most out of your exercise routine, you should incorporate aerobic, strengthening, stretching and balancing exercises into your repertoire.
And in addition to all of the benefits from physical exercise, everyday activity during Ohio independent living can also help to improve your daily life. Prolonged periods of sitting and maintaining a sedentary lifestyle have been shown to increase the chances of certain diseases and disorders.
So remember, getting out and about in your local community and engaging in activities with friends and family can go a long way to improving and maintaining your health. Bristol Village’s retirement living in Ohio provides many opportunities for an active life through our slate of activities and with our 65,000 sq. ft. Activity Center.
Promoting good physical health is not the only benefit of staying active. Maintaining an active lifestyle has also been shown to produce many positive results for mental health. Some of these, according to nidirect and the ADAA, include:
- Lessened Mental Deterioration – The more active and engaged we are mentally, the less likely we are to experience neurological deterioration. Physical activity can boost this, but puzzles and regular reading are greatly beneficial as well.
- Increased Memory – Activity has also been shown to aid seniors in maintaining and improving memory, something essential in having an enriching life.
- Reduced Stress and Anxiety – Staying active, whether through physical exercise or daily tasks, can greatly reduce stress levels and improve emotional states as well.
Staying active during retirement living in Ohio can also significantly increase your socialization and lead to a better quality of life. By making sure to engage in fun activities and take part in your local community, you’re certain to make new friends and strengthen current relationships.
And increased socialization actually is good for your health, too. According to the American Grandparents Association, some benefits you might receive from being more socially active include:
- Adding years to your life
- Reducing stroke risk
- Boosting your immune system
- Promoting healthy choices
- Lowering risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease
- Relieving pain
Bristol Village’s Ohio senior living provides residents with many ways to enjoy all of these benefits through a full slate of exciting and enriching activities. Some of these include:
- Fitness classes
- Writing groups
- Red Hat Society
- Computer literacy classes
- Veterans groups
- Card & game clubs
- Dance classes
For a full listing of available clubs and classes, visit our activities page.
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