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Exercise for Seniors: 5 Important Health and Fitness Facts You Need to Know

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As you enter your twilight years, you want your days to be filled with fun and friends.

But in order to make sure you have the best final act of your life, you'll need to start prioritizing your health. Here are five health and fitness facts you'll want to keep in mind as you begin your path to a healthier life.

Regular Exercise Can Add Years To Your Life

You know that exercise is a great way to stay fit and trim, but did you know that regular exercise can actually help you live a longer, fuller life?

It's true, according to a study by Harvard Health Publishing. Their findings indicated a few different things.

For instance, low-impact exercise can help you keep the pounds off. This is particularly important if you have limited mobility, as you'll tend to burn fewer calories.

They also discovered that exercise can ward off osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones more brittle and easier to break.

A Healthier Lifestyle Brings Better Quality Of Life

Just because you're starting to get older doesn't mean you can't remain a strong, independent person. If you're reading this, you already know that there are tons of great communities designed for active seniors just like you.

30 minutes of physical activity per day can help you maintain that independence you love so much. So whether it's walking around your community, gardening, or dancing, a little exercise today can help you down the road.

Fitness Doesn't Have To Be Boring

A lot of people -- at all age groups -- seem to think that fitness means running around a track or lifting heavy weights for hours on end. While those are distinct options, they're not your only ones.

In fact, exercise for seniors can be a blast. From video games like Wii Fitness to infinity pools to competitions with your fellow residents, there are tons of great ways to have fun while getting in shape.

Mental Health Matters, Too

Taking care of your body is great, but there's so much more to fitness than how much you can lift or how fast you can run.

Don't forget to take some time out of every day for you. Do something you enjoy to life your spirits.

And if you needed another reason to exercise, it's worth noting that regular physical activity can reduce your risk of depression, too.

A Balanced Diet Matters As Much As Exercise

Don't forget to make sure that you're eating clean, too. Watching your caloric intake, managing your cholesterol, and ensuring that you're eating enough fruits and vegetables can go along way to keep you physically and mentally fit.

While a salad is rarely as delicious as a cheeseburger, it's important to live your life in a balanced manner. Remember, you are what you eat.

Follow These Health And Fitness Facts For A Healthier Lifestyle

As you can see from these health and fitness facts, it's so important that seniors live a healthy lifestyle.

So whether you're jogging, swimming, sharpening your Sudoku or crossword skills, or just walking around the block, make sure you remain healthy and active.

Interested in finding in a place to live where you can spend your time around independent and active seniors like yourself? Get in touch today and we'll help you find the perfect community.