As the summer heat is settling in, the urge to stay inside increases. Finding different ways to stay active inside can be exhausting. You do not have to go out and run a marathon or even go to the gym and lift weights to keep your body healthy physically. Just simply get your body moving for a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Consistency is key, so as long as you are doing it every day, that is what matters.
Here is a simple list of inside activities that you could do to get your body moving; as always check with your doctor first to make sure that these activities are okay for you to perform.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator
- Go walk on an indoor track or around a museum, mall, or other large public space
- Host a lunch party with some friends
- Play games with your grandchildren
- Volunteer at the local food bank
- Pilates videos on Youtube
- Yoga videos on Youtube
- Balance exercises
- Cycling on an indoor bike
Getting plugged into your local gym is always a great way to not only keep your body healthy, but also gives you the community and social life needed to help motivate you to stay on track. Look for a local gym that has classes that are specifically focused on Senior Health. Many gyms have group classes such as: Walk for Fitness, Chair Balance and Strength, Senior Power Yoga, Zumba, and more.
Doing strength and aerobic exercises is always good for your body. Continuing to do strength exercises helps keep your muscles moving and your blood flowing. Strength training keeps your bones healthy, prevents falls, improves mobility, and reduces pain from arthritis.
Even if you are only doing minimum lifting of free weights or using the weight machines, you should try to do strength exercises at least two days a week.
Not only is physical activity important, but so is nutrition. Physical activity and nutrition work hand and hand to create a healthy lifestyle.
Eating well is something that seems difficult but does not have to be. When you are planning your meals this month, try some of these fun, simple, and easy recipes.
Healthy Fruity Oatmeal:
Grilled Lime Chicken Fajitas:
Latin Baked Fried Chicken
It always helps to plan a menu for the week before you go to the store, so that you can ensure that you have all the ingredients that you need and multiple trips aren’t needed. Doing this simple tip, will create more time for you to do the things you love.