On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Canadian seniors are encouraged to ‘get up and go’ for National Senior Health and Fitness Day.
Whether it is physical activity, learning about nutrition or understanding the importance of ongoing health and illness prevention, this wellness day is a great opportunity to kick-start an appreciation for movement and healthy living.
In fact, adults who are physically active on a regular basis have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and type 2 diabetes. They also have: (1) a lower risk of falling, (2) better cognitive function and (3) the ability manage stress better.1
Maintaining a healthy diet is just as important for health and wellness as physical activity. Eating balanced, nutrient-dense food can help boost energy and immunity, aid in the retention of bone mass and lower the risk of fractures. Ensuring that you are receiving the proper nutrients can also help keep your muscles healthy and strong.2
The type of physical activity that can be done to increase health and wellness will vary from person-to-person. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or live a slightly more sedentary lifestyle, everyone can benefit from movement. The social distancing measures that have been implemented across Canada don’t have to keep you from being active. There are a lot of great ways that you can move your body without getting too close to the people in your community.
- Depending on your fitness level, you can go for a walk, jog or run
- At-home stretching
- Complete a home workout using a DVD or online resource
- Go for a bike ride
- Learn the art of Tai Chi in your home or outdoor space
- Take up the practice of yoga
- Weather permitting, get out and do some gardening
You don’t have to eat or train like an athlete to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but you will benefit from making healthy choices that place an emphasis on movement and nutrition.