One of the many advantages that momma and I have going for us is her excellent health. That sounds odd doesn’t it? It’s true. Except for the Alzheimer’s disease and her blood pressure being a little elevated sometimes she is as healthy as a horse and it’s my responsibility to make sure she stays that way for as long as possible.
The older she gets the harder that will become. She has always been a healthy eater and would only eat enough to keep a bird alive. Now, she can put a box of Poptarts down faster than a politician making up a lie. She eats a healthy dinner, but the rest of the day is spent in a blueberry haze. Keeping her up and active is the only way to combat that. There is no way I’m coming between her and her Poptarts.
Walking is our number one exercise and we do it once a day most of the time unless it’s nasty out and sometimes as much as twice a day on a pretty day. At least a mile each and every time. We’re lucky to have some pretty nice walking trails just a few minutes’ drive from the house and we live on a dead end street.
There are so many things that can go wrong with your health as you get older and you owe it to yourself to keep as physically active as you can handle. The longer you keep moving the longer you’ll be able to move.
I was doing some research and I came across an article by SeniorAdvice.com. That article, “Staying Physically Active As A Senior” had some great tips for when you’re looking around at facilities. They say that a few things to keep in mind;
- Are there ample opportunities to walk safely?
- Are there stores and shopping within close proximity?
- Are their fitness facilities or a fitness area?
- Does the community your considering offer fitness classes or other activities to keep you fit.
These are important qualities for the long haul that we just can’t afford to overlook.
In the summer, we add rowing to our exercise routines as we are avid canoers. This does wonders for the arms. This year, I am hoping to add a swimming pool for some aqua exercise which is perfect for my joint pain. Most if not all, Medicare plans offer the Silver Sneakers program that is taken at most gyms. Since, neither mom nor I drive that isn’t a realistic option for us. Yoga is another good option. I love it, but momma isn’t such a fan.
There are all kinds of ways to stay active. Just like the article said, “from chair fitness to aqua aerobics” it doesn’t matter as long as you’re up and moving. Finding a routine that you will actually stick with is over half the battle. Don’t overdo it, stay hydrated, and take breaks often are some great tips that have been passed along to me.
Momma just turned 80 last week and with any hope she’ll be just as active when she’s 90 and 100. Besides, we have a huge trip to get ready for! Bring it on!
Appreciate the good, laugh at the crazy, and deal with the rest.
I love you momma!
This is a sponsored post, but all words and ideas are my very own!