For seniors who want to stay independent in old age, maintaining mobility is an essential pillar of good health. Mobility not only offers freedom, but is key in promoting a healthy immune system, weight management, bone health, preventing disability, and so much more. So whether you’re already in “old age” or not, it’s time to make mobility a priority!
Being mobile in old age means less dependence on others for daily activities, such as bathing, cleaning, getting in and out of bed, and even getting out and about in the community. Maintaining the ability to do these tasks independently feels so important to many seniors, and it is truly as simple as continuing an exercise programme throughout your life. Not only does staying mobile mean keeping your independence, but it’s also a good investment – many seniors requiring part- or full-time care today need assistance with these ‘daily tasks’.
The good news is that staying mobile in old age is as easy as walking a bit more every week. Doctors suggest that in order to promote good bone and joint health, seniors should also include a strength training regime in their weekly activities, as well as light cardio such as walking or swimming. The aim is to do 150 minutes of exercise per week, which is only 30 minutes on five days of the week. So whatever age you’re at now, start doing something for your future mobility!