Springtime is here! Many of us have stayed home and indoors due to COVID, but with nicer weather on the horizon, it’s a great opportunity to go outside and get moving while staying safe.
As we age, it’s important to pay specific attention to staying active. All types of movement matter—from standing more often to physical activities like walking—and finding a balance that works is required for the best health. According to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines, adults aged 65 or older should participate in a range of physical activities. This includes non-weight bearing exercise, sports and recreational activities.
Seniors should limit long periods of inactivity to reduce the risk of preventable diseases. It’s recommended to limit sedentary time to 8 hours or less and break up long periods of sitting as often as possible. The Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines also recommends taking part in at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week. These activities should include muscle strengthening twice a week, physical activities that challenge balance, and several hours of light activity.
Health Benefits of Staying Active
Staying on the go has numerous benefits:
- increased circulation
- improved mood
- stronger bones
- great for heart health
- helps maintain strength and stability
- helps keep the blood vessels and arteries in good condition
Simply being outdoors encourages our bodies to produce Vitamin D and has other great benefits like reducing stress and improving sleep quality.
Mobility Aids Can Help
For many, however, staying active is a lot easier said than done. Lack of stability, strength, and mobility can affect our ability to get moving. Seniors living with a disability or medical condition can find it even harder to become more active. It’s always best to consult with a medical professional before beginning any new changes regarding physical health. Luckily, a wide range of products are available to help people get moving safely and confidently.
Walking poles, canes, rollators, and wheelchairs offer a range from mild to high support and provide stability during activities. They can help people with a variety of mobility needs get up and moving. Scooters and powerchairs are a great option for people who have limited mobility but still want to enjoy the outdoors and go longer distances.
Find an activity you enjoy, walk whenever you can, and encourage your friends and family to be active with you. Making small healthy movement choices throughout every day can add up and make a big impact! Let the professionals at Healthcare Solutions help you stay on the move this summer season.