May is National Mobility Awareness and National Physical Fitness and Sports. It’s a great time to appreciate the independence and sense of well-being that mobility and physical activity provides. Plus, studies show that seniors who stay active and on-the-go have better overall health, improved balance and increased strength and stamina.
It’s no secret that the key to mobility is to keep active. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the seniors who participated in an exercise program were 28 percent less likely to have become disabled, and 18 percent less likely to have had an episode of physical disability than others who did not participate.
It’s never too late to get moving. Whatever your age or fitness level, regular exercise can improve your quality of life now and later. Start slow—even if it’s just 10 minutes—and work your way up.
At MBK Senior Living communities, there are numerous ways residents get, and stay, physically fit. In addition to wellness workshops, many of our communities offer walking clubs, stretch and balance classes, yoga, fully-equipped fitness centers and more.
While each seniors’ physical ability may differ, on average seniors should get at least 150 minutes per week of light to moderate-intensity exercise. In doing so, you can reap a number of benefits, including:
- Greater sense of well-being and happiness
- Improved balance and are at less risk for falling and fracturing bones
- Less risk of heart disease, some cancers and diabetes
- Experience less anxiety and depression
- Healthier bones, muscle tone and joints
- Longer, healthier life – and one that is more independent!
Simply put, studies suggest that the more physically active you are – the better your quality of life. So, let’s get moving!