July 15, 2020
According to the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults should aim for 150-300 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. That’s a worthwhile goal: Active adults enjoy a host of benefits, including improved concentration and emotional wellbeing, better overall health and even longer life.
The good news is that almost any kind of movement – from strolling in the park to weeding your garden – can count toward your daily total. That means it’s not as hard as you might think to get plenty of exercise, even if you’re spending more time at home.
As you get started on your summer fitness routine, keep these tips in mind:
- Have safe fun in the sun. As days get longer and warmer, it’s important to choose summer-friendly activities. If you usually enjoy outdoor strolls, consider scheduling your walk for the early morning or evening.For resident Henry Morrell, the best way to stay active – and beat the summer heat – is by going for a swim in The Mayflower’s pool, which recently reopened with a 4-person limit. In fact, swimming is an ideal “complete exercise” for older adults all year round: It’s easy on the joints, boosts muscle tone and heart health, and improves bone density and flexibility.
- Try something new. Getting your heart rate up during exercise can boost cardiac health, mood, immunity and memory. However, experts – including The Mayflower’s Wellness Coordinator, Sarah Burke – recommend balancing cardiovascular fitness with weight training, core exercises, and stretching.The reason? Strength and flexibility play a big role in your overall health, which is why a diverse routine can benefit your balance, posture, coordination, bone density … and even your digestion!
- Follow your interests. There’s only one secret to a successful fitness routine: Have fun! When you incorporate movement into activities that make you happy – whether that’s gardening, dancing, swimming, yoga, or a morning stroll in the park – you’ll be more likely to stick with it in the long run.
At The Mayflower, we’re committed to preventive healthcare that can add years to your life … and life to your years. With fitness classes, outdoor walking trails and a heated pool – plus the guarantee of quality short-term and long-term care – it’s no surprise that people live better here.