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Fun Fall Prevention Workout Tips for Seniors

This post was submitted by Vee Cecil, a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog.

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Fun Fall Prevention Workout Tips for Seniors 

          When we think about growing old, we think about retirement and slowing down. But in order to keep their independence and maintain a high quality of life, it’s important that seniors find ways to stay active.

            The stronger and healthier you are the less likely you are to suffer a fall that could lead to long-term health issues or worse, be life threatening.

            True, it can be difficult for anyone of any age to find a physical activity that works for them and that they enjoy enough to do regularly. So, don’t be afraid to try out a few different activities until you find the ones that are just right for you.

            Here are a few suggestions:

         

Go for a swim. You don’t have to be a great swimmer to benefit from being in the water. As this article on the benefits of swimming for seniors notes, there are other activities such as water walking that can help you build up the muscles that will keep you strong and help protect you from dangerous falls. You can also try fun group-based water activities such as water aerobics or aqua zumba.

 

Work those legs. Strong legs are a great protector against falls. And MedlinePlus provides some excellent exercise suggestions that will help you strengthen your legs. The article provides instructions on how to do several exercises, such as toe stands, knee curls, leg extensions, and more. And it provides advice on how to gradually step up your workout so that you can keep building on your success.

 

Try yoga. As the Mayo Clinic notes, flexibility can play an important role in protecting us from injury. If possible, work some stretching exercises into your routine. The Allegany County Fall Prevention Collaborative suggests giving yoga a try. If you aren’t familiar with yoga, be sure to try it under the supervision of a professional. Attending a yoga class will be safer than doing it on your own and will give you a great opportunity to socialize with others. YogaFinder.com can help you locate the yoga classes in your area.

 

Be creative. As we slog away on the treadmill, many of us forget that staying physically active can actually be fun! If you can find an activity or two that you enjoy, it will be much easier to keep up a consistent routine, which means your chances of maintaining good health will be much greater. EverydayHealth.com provides some creative suggestions for fun exercise routines, such as taking a part in a walking group or playing an organized sport.

 

            Every senior deserves to enjoy their golden years. By making exercise a part of your life, you can protect yourself from falling while also staying healthy and well.

 

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Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog.

 

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