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Wellness Series – How Seniors Can Boost Their Physical Wellness

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Every so often, you might find yourself looking back on your experiences as a young adult. When you were in your 20’s, you might have felt invincible and like nothing could stop you. Now, as a senior, you have to put effort into building and maintaining your physical wellness.

While this is a natural part of the aging process, many seniors don’t know where to start. At Peabody Retirement Community, we understand the importance of physical wellness for older adults. That’s why we’re here to provide some guidance on this important dimension of wellness. Stay tuned to learn how seniors can improve their physical wellness.

5 Ways to Promote Physical Health for Seniors

It might not seem like it at first, but working on your physical wellness can improve your quality of life. And just because some of these activities and tips might get a little more challenging with age, doesn’t mean they’re not worth it.

If you’re ready to be more active and enjoy all the benefits that comes with physical wellness, explore the tips we provided below.

1. Work to Improve Your Balance

Did you know that one out of every four seniors will experience a fall this year? Falls are the leading cause of injury for seniors, which is why it’s important to work on your balance. Preventing senior falls is one of the most important aspects of physical wellness.

An easy way to improve your balance at home is to practice marching in place. The key is to keep your movements slow and deliberate. By practicing a few minutes each day, you’ll see a difference over time.

2. Be Sure to Get Enough Sleep

No matter how old you are, you should always practice a healthy sleep schedule. Make sure to go to bed around the same time every night. This will help your body keep a natural rhythm and routine.

Why is sleep so important? Sleep deprivation can make it much more difficult to be physically active. Plus, it also can lead to cardiovascular disease and weaken your immune system.

3. Exercise

This one might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many seniors don’t exercise regularly. Having an exercise routine or program can improve your mood and lower your risk for a variety of health problems.

But putting together an exercise program can be intimidating. A good tip is to start by picking three physical activities that you enjoy. Then create an easy activity schedule you can follow. For example, you might go for a walk one day, followed by yoga and swimming.

4. Build Muscle

One of the common side effects of aging is the loss of strength. But there is something you can do to help limit this and maintain your physical wellness: Strength training. And, you don’t need an expensive gym to get started with basic strength training.

Start by buy a pair of dumbbells that feel comfortable (two to five pounds is a good start). One of the main benefits of strength training with dumbbells is that you can still practice even if you have physical limitations.

5. Volunteering

Staying active is easier if you have a cause to motivate you. Volunteering is a great way to get out and stay active while helping to improve your community. That’s why many senior living communities offer volunteer programs for residents to get involved. By volunteering, seniors get the added benefits of having more opportunities to socialize and avoid isolation.

Improving your physical wellness as a senior plays a large role in helping you maintain an independent lifestyle. That’s why at Peabody, we work to make sure that residents have opportunities to stay active. Your retirement is filled with possibilities. And by working on your physical wellness, a more engaging and vibrant lifestyle is within reach.

Celebrate Your Retirement at Peabody

At Peabody Retirement Community, your health and well-being are a top priority. At our senior living community, we can help you improve your physical wellness with opportunities to get active. The Billie Jane Strauss Wellness Center and our Wellness Coordinator can help you reach a higher level of wellness.

After all, we want to help you get the most out of your retirement. If you’re ready to explore the vibrant lifestyle that’s waiting for you, contact our friendly team today to schedule a tour. An engaging life at Peabody is closer than you think.

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