Active Seniors are Healthy Seniors

Retirement is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and reflect on a life well lived. And while those activities are important as you age, seniors should be careful not to drift into a sedentary lifestyle. When it comes to ensuring a healthy and happy old age, it is essential that seniors make staying physically active a top priority.

At Vista Grande Villa, we encourage healthy, active living through a variety of amenities, services, and activities. Here’s a closer look at the many benefits of staying active as you age.

Why Is It Important to Stay Physically Active?

Exercise helps maintain your independence.

As you get older, your ability to live and function on your own decreases. The easiest way to ensure continued independence is through keeping your body active and fit. As you start to improve your balance, strength, and flexibility, you will also help reduce the risk of falls. 

Staying active can prevent disease.

Studies show that regular physical movement can dramatically lower one’s risk for developing diseases associated with getting older including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.

Active adults report better mental health.

Older adults who have a regular workout routine often report enhanced self-confidence, improved personal relationships, and an increased sense of self-worth. These seniors are also less likely to suffer from mental disorders like anxiety and depression.

In addition to staying physically active, seniors can also improve their healthy lifestyle by:

Kicking unhealthy habits

It’s never too late to adopt better habits—and put bad ones to rest. Do you smoke? Now is the time to quit. Could you improve your diet? Explore healthier food options.

Staying sharp

Consider pursuing an old hobby, like knitting, joining a book club, or learning a new musical instrument. When you take the time to learn new skills and talents, you will also help improve your brain health.

Connecting with others

Staying socially active and engaged is extremely important for seniors, especially those who live without a spouse or caregiver. There are many ways to connect with others, from attending church or community events to volunteering at a local charity. One of the greatest benefits of residing in a senior living community is that seniors can form deep connections with older adults in their same season of life.

Getting quality sleep

It is hard to be active when you don’t feel rested. In fact, researchers have found that sleep habits have a profound impact on your physical health, cognitive abilities, and emotional well-being. As a general rule, seniors should aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night.

Supporting Your Healthy Lifestyle At VGV

At Vista Grande Villa, we approach wellness through seven holistic dimensions: social, physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and vocational.

Our seniors benefit not only from the variety of our scheduled activities but also by living with a community of connected peers that act as motivation. Some of our residents’ favorite activities include:

  • Putting Green
  • Walking Paths
  • Community outings
  • Guided or independent strength and cardio training
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Fitness classes focused on posture, core, and balance
  • And many, many more!

 Learn more about our vibrant activities, programs and events today.

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