Stay Fit!

Tips for keeping in shape at any age.

Exercising has developed the same connotation as eating your spinach. We know it is good for us, but we just don’t want to do it. Let’s change that. In study after study, statistics show that a sedentary life will reduce your mobility as you age and might shorten your life span as well. With that in mind, we have created a list of helpful hints to get you started on making healthy changes in your daily routine.

No Excuses!
We all make them. We commit to getting fit when the kids get older or the job slows down or money becomes available for a gym membership. Stop making excuses and get moving.

Take the Stairs.
Don’t look for shortcuts in your daily routine. Walk more. Whether it is walking up an escalator or through your neighborhood, take the long way.

Have Fun.
What do you like to do? Start incorporating exercise into your daily fun time. If shopping is a favorite activity, then try walking to the store or parking in the mall’s outer perimeter. Or perhaps you are part of a neighborhood bridge game. Walk instead of drive to meet your friends.

Start Living.
Find a new hobby/interest that is fitness-related. Horseback riding, tennis, biking, swimming and golf will get you moving in the right direction. If regular visits to the gym are not your thing, then investigate activities instead.

Sleep More.
Chronic lack of sleep prematurely ages and stresses your body. Make certain you get the required amount on a regular basis so you can maintain your energy level.

Start Slow.
Incorporating just a few minutes a day can make a big difference. Try not to overcommit at first, since you don’t want to burn out and stop.

Westminster Canterbury’s holistic and inclusive approach to wellness and fitness includes a healthy mind, body and spirit. This approach helps make us a leader in senior living. If you would like to learn more about Westminster Canterbury Richmond and our healthy senior initiatives, please contact Brandon Lowe at 804.264.6066 or blowe@wcrichmond.org.

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