28/04/2014

Secret to Staying Fit and Healthy - Whatever Your Age or Ability

In today’s world, staying healthy is a priority for everybody and that includes all ages and disabilities. People in their retirement stay as active as possible in order to maintain their wellbeing using a combination of good nutrition and physical exercise and the same can apply to all disabilities, it is not always easy to get or keep motivated but is essential to maintain your current or desired level of mobility.

Energy and Endorphins

Of course, there’s a scientific reason for everything. It’s generally known that exercise releases chemicals called endorphins that react with the brain to give us an elated and pain-free sensation. It’s therefore an obvious incentive for us all to take up exercise but it’s important you select a low-impact activity that will work with your body, not against it.

Some Ideas You Can Try Include:

• Cycling: for those able to is a great for muscular strength and bone density
• Jogging: good low-impact exercise where you can set your own pace
• Yoga/Pilates: great for building strength and balance for many abilities
• Tai Chi: another favourite for building core strength and balance
• Swimming/Water aerobics: a great way to exercise whilst keeping the body well-supported and again accessible to all abilities.
• Sports: Sport are undertaken by all abilities including wheelchair users with sports such as wheelchair tennis, rugby and many others.

It’s important to check with your GP about your exercise regime before trying any new activities. You can also find information about exercising in your old age or with a disability on the NHS website.

Beyond the Body

As well as taking care of your physical health, you should also consider how you can boost your mental wellbeing as you age. There are many activities you can undertake to stay mentally active and these include:

• Crosswords: great for testing your general knowledge, spelling and mental aptitude
• Soduku: great for logic and problem solving skills
• Anagrams: great for problem solving, spelling and word play
• Quizzes: great for testing your knowledge and keeping your brain working fast
• Puzzles: great for logic and spatial awareness

The Next Step

The secret to staying healthy as you age isn’t just about physical and mental training – it’s about knowing how to get the most out of your life. There are numerous websites and resources which can offer further advice and you’ll even find a number of charities and companies on social media networks ready to offer you help and advice when you need it most.

Connect with these sites to ensure you get the retirement you deserve. Visiting retirement specialists McCarthy & Stone on YouTube, for example, is a great way to connect with other retirees and find a wealth of information on how to stay fit, healthy and happy as you age and Ableize offers details of everything to do with disability from sports, the arts and employment to local clubs and groups throughout the UK.






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