September 23 – 29 is Active Aging Week, an annual campaign that promotes healthy habits in retirement. Initially started in 2003, the week can help us shed negative aging stereotypes while finding ways to stay healthy throughout retirement.
At Friendship at Home, we’re committed to connecting our members and the local community with the resources they need to live a long, healthy life at home. If you’re looking for ways to participate in Active Aging Week this year, check out these ideas below!
Run or Walk
Running and walking are both great ways to get your heart pumping to improve your cardiovascular health. Studies show that taking regular, brisk walks can strengthen bones and muscles while improving mood, balance and coordination. Whether you choose a long walk in the evening with your partner or a quick run in the morning, Active Aging Week is the perfect time to start this healthy habit.
Swimming is the only exercise that works every muscle of your body simultaneously. This makes it a great way to tone muscles, improve lung capacity and increase physical endurance. Best of all, because you swim in cool water, you don’t run the risk of overheating. If you live in the central Ohio area, check out this list of community pools and swimming activities you can use this Active Aging Week.
Meditation is simply taking time to sit in silence. When our bodies are at rest, they naturally move toward wholeness by redistributing nutrients through our blood, lymph and other bodily functions. The practice can allow our bodies to relax and rejuvenate while our minds find stillness — leading to better mood and immunity. If you’re new to meditation, try listening to one of these free guided meditations.
Yoga combines low-intensity stretching, strength and balance exercises to cultivate a healthy body and mind. With a variety of systems and intensities, yoga is perfect for people at all stages of fitness. If you’re interested in taking a yoga class, try visiting one of these Columbus yoga studios.
Dancing is another great way to increase your activity through fun, rhythmic movement. Taking a class with your significant other or good friend is also a great way to build strong social connections and increase your sense of well being. You could also try a Zumba class — a group dance class designed for dynamic cardio exercise.
Our mission at Friendship at Home is to connect Columbus baby boomers with the tools they need to safely age in place. Through our membership program, you’ll never have to leave your home as you age. If you’re interested in learning more about our services, please call (614) 734-2167.