Listen Up Scottsdale Arizona Seniors, It’s Time To Move More
Top Tips For Senior Scottsdale Adults This Spring
Seniors spring into heart health with fitness motivation to move
A good starting goal is at least 150 minutes a week, but if you don’t want to sweat the numbers, just move more! Find forms of exercise you like and will stick with, and build more opportunities to be active into your routine
The benefits of regular physical activity are undeniable. Something is better than nothing, and we all have to start somewhere. Even if you've been sedentary for years, today is the day you can begin to make healthy changes in your life. The American Heart Association has the tools and resources to get you on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.
Here are some of the more common barriers and solutions for overcoming Senior exercise issues:
Barrier: Lack of time
Solutions: Monitor your activities for one week and identify at least three, 30-minute slots you could use for physical activity. Select activities that you can fit into your home or work routine so you’re not wasting time on transportation to another venue to accomplish them. Walking in your neighborhood, climbing stairs at your office or exercising while you watch TV are all good options.
Barrier: Friends and family don’t share your interest in physical activity
Solutions: Explain your fitness and/or health improvement goals to friends and family and ask for their support. Invite friends to participate in physical activity with you. Join a local YMCA or walking club to find people with similar goals to offer support.
Barrier: Lack of motivation and/or energy
Solutions: Plan ahead. Schedule physical activity for specific times/days and “check” it off your list or calendar each time you complete it. Determine what time of day you feel more energetic and try to fit activity into that time frame. Join an exercise group or class and seek others in the group to help motivate you and keep you accountable to attending.
Barrier: Lack of resources/equipment
Solutions: Select activities that require minimal facilities or equipment, such as walking, jogging, jumping rope or calisthenics. Identify inexpensive, convenient resources in your community, such as parks and recreation programs, worksite wellness groups, walking clubs, etc.
Barrier: Family caregiving obligations
Solutions: Exercise with your kids -- go for a walk together, play tag or other running games, get an aerobic dance or exercise tape for kids. You can spend time together, occupy the kids and ensure they're getting the daily physical activity they need to stay healthy. If you have a specific class you like to attend, try alternating babysitting time with a neighbor.
Barrier: Frequent work or leisure travel
Solutions: Join a Gym.. Pack a jump rope and resistance bands in your luggage. Book hotels that have a pool and/or fitness rooms.
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