It is without a doubt that our body is less capable of enduring physical activity as we age. Now, by no means am I saying to grab that surfboard and hop on. While that is great for physical activity, our bodies just aren’t capable of doing that anymore. But that doesn’t mean that we should give up on physical activity as a whole. At Wilson Care Group here in Honolulu, we like to ensure that physical activity is a part of your daily schedule.
We mentioned in one of our prior blogs the benefits of staying mentally fit, and how working just one part of the brain can help keep it sharp. The same goes for your body. Staying physically active can benefit your body in the long run in regards to injury, arthritis and healing.
Walking is a great way to stay active. It requires basic movement and gets your heartbeat up and your blood pumping. While it may not be extremely physical, the walking does work your joints throughout your body, including your knees, ankles, elbows and wrists. It also works on your posture and back muscles through the standing. And with the blood running through your body, your heart is working too.
Swimming allows for all the same muscles to be worked, but it is easier on the body. This is a great exercise for people who have gone through quite a few surgeries or who have really bad joint pains. When doing more than just walking in the pool, swimming targets all of your body and heightens the movements by about 14 percent.
Participating in one of these activities for at least 30 minutes a day can reduce the chances of an injury down the road. For more options on how to get physical activity in your day, call your doctor and ask what they recommend.