Keeping the body moving is vital to our health and overall feelings of well-being. If you find that you aren’t as active as you were before, it’s time to take steps to increase your activity levels by getting out there and doing more things.
Staying active can improve your circulation and even help you avoid blood clots. There are so many health benefits that it’s imperative to get up, get out, and get more active. Here’s how:
Join Social Groups
You can join social groups that meet up and do stuff, not social media-based groups that are only online. Whether it’s a card-playing group of seniors that meets weekly to play cards, or a hiking group that gets together for organized hikes on a regular basis, choose something that interests you and try it out.
The best part of these groups is that they’re not only active, but they’re social so you’re meeting new people and getting new perspectives, which helps keep you brain active (more on that below).
Join a Rec Sports League
Sports are always a good time and bring people together through a common bond. A kickball league has to be one of the funnest to join, and is a game you can play well into your golden years. Of course, you should choose a sport that you really like and are capable of playing.
Other sports leagues and groups to consider are bowling, volleyball, basketball, sailing, golf, tennis, racquetball, flag football, soccer, and more. Check out your local offerings in your community and see what’s available where you are.
Walk an Hour Every Day
No matter what age you are there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for a nice walk each day. Walking is a very natural activity for human beings, and has been clinically proven to help improve health and feelings of depression.
Going for an hour will help clear your mind, and if you take your walk in a park it will help you reconnect with nature each day.
Take Care of Your Joints
One thing that can throw a wrench in all of this activity is your joints. Once you start being more active you might notice that your ankles, knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders start to ache more. To take care of them make sure you are stretching and warming up before engaging in any physical exertion.
You can also take supplements that are specifically geared for joint mobility so that you can enjoy your favorite activities without worrying about being held back by painful joints. You’ll also want to check with your doctor to make sure that your joint pain is not a sign of a worse condition.
Keep Your Brain Active Too
Staying active is more than just keeping your body busy, you also want to keep your mind engaged and active as well. Puzzle games like Sudoku and online brain games work great.
Read new books to give your mind fresh ideas and perspectives. You can also re-read old books and see if you pick up on things you didn’t the first time you read it.
Take action on these steps and you will soon find that you are quite a bit more active than you were before. Make it a habit and you’ll stay active your whole life.