Staying in shape can be a challenge, no matter our age, but keeping active becomes increasingly difficult as we get older. Keeping active helps seniors stave off illnesses such as strokes and cardiac disease and leads to improved motor functions and better quality sleep. While extreme workouts may not be an option for seniors, there are many more moderate ways to keep fit in our later years.
Take a Stroll with Friends
You don’t have to do push-ups to be active. Grab a friend and take a walk around the neighborhood for 30 minutes to an hour. Not only is this a good way to get moving, but it’s also a wonderful time to socialize with your peers, which will do wonders for your mental health.
Here at Sterling Court, you can join the Sterling Walkers as we venture to Coyote Point Park, Anza Lagoon, Ryder Park, San Mateo Central Park, and Leo Ryan Park. Walk with us every Friday at 11 a.m., weather permitting.
Sign Up for an Exercise Class
Signing up for a class is one of the best options for providing the discipline required to maintain a regular exercise routine. Classes allow us to form new relationships or cultivate existing ones. Yoga, dancing, and water aerobics can do wonders for our physical health, but make sure to consult a doctor before introducing any new form of exercise.
Sterling Court offers a variety of fitness classes with instructors specifically trained to help seniors maintain an active lifestyle. Shape up with Sophia on Mondays to help boost your energy and improve strength, stamina, balance, and posture, or try Chair Yoga with April on Wednesdays.
Participate in Sports or Swim
Exercising is more fun when there’s a little competition involved, and there are plenty of competitive sports that seniors can participate in without the risk of injury. A popular choice is golf—a great sport to help you get out in the sun, while also keeping you active. Running puts a lot of strain on your joints, so skip the treadmill and head for the pool instead. Swimming is a fantastic choice for cardio and an excellent way to log some exercise time in your schedule. There are several aquatic centers in the area that the Sterling Court drivers can take you to.
Prefer staying indoors? Another great way to play sports is through the Nintendo Wii. You can play golf, tennis, bowling, and more – all without leaving the house. Sterling Court offers assistance for anyone wishing to play for the first time. Play Wii Sports with your neighbors on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in the Revere Room.
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