Regular physical activity has benefits in all stages of life and is essential for healthy aging. It’s NEVER too late to get up and get active.
Help your loved one get up and get active by encouraging them to participate in National Senior Health and Fitness Month, which promotes the importance of regular physical activity in older adults. This year the 28th annual health and wellness event encourages seniors to stay active in any way they can.
Physical Activity Recommendations for Seniors
Fitness can be tailored to meet the needs of every individual, regardless of age or ability. Check out this helpful information for older active adults from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans:
Adults who do any amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity gain some health benefits.
At least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week results in substantial health benefits. It is suggested to exercise at least three days per week.
Multicomponent physical activities such as balance training, aerobics, and strengthening activities can reduce injury from falls and improve physical function.
Although these guidelines are geared toward healthy seniors, there are many ways to live an active and healthy lifestyle with disabilities or health challenges.
The Benefits of Multicomponent Physical Activity
Multicomponent refers to physical activity that includes more than one type of activity such as dancing, yoga, gardening, and tai chi. When multicomponent activities are used in an exercise routine, seniors benefit from improved coordination, fine motor skills, and overall health. Regular physical activity can also:
Minimize Health Challenges: Physical activity can minimize symptoms of health struggles and even prevent them all together. Research shows seniors with health challenges who perform multicomponent physical activity at least three times a week for 30 minutes over three to five months increase functional ability.
Improve Daily Living Functions: Engaging in regular physical activity makes it easier to perform daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, getting in and out of bed, and sitting to standing motions. Multicomponent exercise preserves and boosts key physical functions and mobility, which helps seniors maintain independence.
Tribute Supports Your Loved One’s Fitness Journey
Tribute Senior Living strives to offer residents a wide range of equipment, classes, and physical activities to improve their life, wellness, and happiness. And most of all—our team makes it fun! We offer many physical wellness amenities, including:
Customized Fitness Plans and Equipment: We design a customized fitness program for each resident to maximize individual results and encourage regular exercise. We also offer different strength training and wellness solutions from HUR and the Biodex Balance System.
Exercise Classes: We have many fitness classes available throughout the week. Some of our most popular classes include chair yoga, tai chi, chair boxing, and drumba. Contact us for our fitness calendar.
Ageility Therapy: We have an onsite therapy department that offers occupational, physical, and speech therapy through our partnership with Ageility Physical Therapy Solutions. Our fitness and therapy programs are intertwined so that our residents receive cohesive support for their unique needs.
Tribute Fit Program: We incorporate various programs for our residents including those with dementia, such as our newest walking program. While walking is a great way to exercise, it also positively impacts brain health such as mood and cognitive functions.