Getting older doesn’t mean that you have to stop moving. It doesn’t mean you have to sit back and watch your family go out and do things without you. However, in order to be able to do those things as you age, it’s important to make sure that you know the keys to active aging: mobility, flexibility, and activity.
Mobility. Sometimes, it sounds good just to relax and watch television, but make sure that you remain moving. Don’t become a couch potato. Get up and move around throughout the day. Don’t be afraid to go out for walks in the evening. Get a treadmill and spend some time walking on it. Even walking at a slow speed is still moving.
Flexibility. Don’t let your body become stiff. While maybe you shouldn’t be practicing gymnastics, you should be trying to be as flexible as you can. Stretch your body. Make sure to use muscles and joints that you might not always use. A good way to do this is by dusting. It will require you to move around and reach for things. By doing that, you’ll be stretching and using a full range of motion to ensure that you remain flexible.
Activity. Go out and do stuff! Play with your grandchildren. Go ride a bike. Play a game of tennis. Don’t push yourself past your limits, but also don’t hold yourself back. Make sure to be engaging in activities that keep you moving and flexible.
By following these three keys, you have a better chance of actively aging successfully. You will be able to keep up with your grandkids and not be held back by an aged body. Stay young at heart, and young in body! What do you think? How do you age actively?