Posted August 21, 2017 by Natalie Kayani, M.D.
As we support, honor and show appreciation to our seniors on National Senior Citizens Day (August 21), here are a few tips on how seniors can stay active and lead a rewarding life.
As nice as it feels to roll over in the morning and snuggle back into the covers because there is nowhere you have to be if you’re retired, early morning hours can be refreshing. By giving yourself more time during the day, you can set your own pace and be more productive.
It’s important to keep your body moving. Find an activity that you enjoy and incorporate it into your daily or weekly schedule. Take a walk, go swimming at the local fitness center or play tennis. Whatever you choose, regular activity will keep your muscles and bones strong, burn calories and maintain an active lifestyle.
Quality time with loved ones is one of the best ways to spend your day. Family time builds confidence, teaches children about interacting with others, and creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime. Be sure to share stories with family members that they can pass on to future generations.
As you age, taking the time to identify and pursue new interests can lead to a refreshing adventure. Always wanted to play the piano? Sign up for lessons. Want to learn yoga? Take some classes.
Older adults should participate in muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week. Be sure to work the legs, hips, back, chest, abdomen, shoulders and arms. Examples of this exercise include:
Giving back to the community is a wonderful way to strengthen social bonds and meet others, and the meaning and purpose you find in helping others will enrich and expand your life. Volunteering is a natural way to meet others interested in similar activities or who share similar values. You can learn more about Summa Health’s volunteer program at summahealth.org/volunteer.
Summa Health thanks all of our senior citizens for your valuable contributions that enrich our lives and make our communities better places to live.
*Remember to start slowly and increase physical activity gradually over a period of weeks to months. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you have a chronic health condition (such as heart disease, arthritis or diabetes) or symptoms (such as chest pain or pressure, dizziness, or joint pain) before starting a physical activity program.
Natalie Kayani, M.D.
Interim Medical Director, Geriatric Medicine
Medical Director, Summa Health Senior Health Center