As we age, it becomes all too easy to let our exercise go. We lose the physical prowess we had when we were younger so it becomes more challenging to move the way we used to – so many people end up moving less and less. This sets up an ever decreasing circle situation – we can’t move it so easily as before, so we don’t move it, so then we lose it; then we can’t move it so easily as before, so we don’t move it, so then we lose it even more! Before you know it, your world is really reduced and your quality of life is really compromised. So how do we safeguard against this loss of our physical abilities, and keep ourselves moving and mobile? The trick is to tackle things head on – lead from the front!
Make time to move deliberately, so you maintain your mobility, bone density, muscle mass and balance. This will increase your odds of living independently and enjoyably for longer. Select simple, short sequences of exercises that you can do in your own home. Aim for exercises that mirror your everyday actions, and then make them part of your every day. Make your motto “move, mobilise, maintain” and you will be well on your way to keeping your world wide open!
Together with Home Instead Senior Care, we’ve developed a five-minute exercise routine that can help you maintain your mobility, bone density, muscle mass and balance. I don’t mean you have to be spending hours in the gym, but rather a daily practice of these super simple moves that actually mirror your everyday actions. And best of all, you can do them right in the comfort of your own home! I’m here with my favourite senior – my Mum!
You can see the exercise doesn’t need to be overwhelming, and it doesn’t need to take all day – so start slotting it into your week, and reap the rewards for the rest of your life! Are you in?
Michelle Bridges, Personal Trainer and Fitness Expert.