Wouldn’t it be nice if we could slow down time? We could savor more moments, build stronger relationships, and not feel pressured to make difficult decisions, especially when it comes to our healthcare. Unfortunately, time moves quickly as does our aging process and our need to make timely decisions regarding our healthcare.
While aging is constant, and ultimately inevitable, we can proactively counteract or slowdown the process through a variety of lifestyle choices. Sure, we can eat healthier and work on a more positive mindset, but one of the most important actions we can take is to participate in physical activity. In fact, from a physical therapist’s standpoint, staying active may be the most beneficial choice you could make to positively influence your aging process.
Exercising may seem to be an obvious deterrent to aging, but many people underestimate its importance. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, millions of older people – those 65 and older – fall each year and one out of five falls results in serious injury. Movement based exercises have been shown to improve balance and reduce the risk of falling. Creating new habits, like taking a brisk walk around your neighborhood regularly or simply getting on your feet for a bit of dancing, can have positive effects on your health.
In addition to light exercise to maintain your physical health, studies show that significant physical improvements in strength are within reach for individuals in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. Take Ernestine Shepherd, for example, who defies nearly every physical stereotype for an 80-year-old woman, and she didn’t start her training until she was in her 70s. We encourage you to embrace exercise, regardless of your current fitness level, and make it a part of your daily routine.
Making small changes to your routine, over time, can help you avoid negative health issues and improve your quality of life as you age.
Whether you’re transitioning home from the hospital or looking to gain strength and mobility at home, Residential’s team of nurses and therapists are here to support and empower you with great care and support for you to meet your health goals. Discover how you can stay safe, healthy and happy in your home by calling (888) 930-WELL (9355) and speaking with a Home Care Specialist about your specific health needs.