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The Importance of Exercise for Both the Body and Mind

Posted by Josie Melo, April 1, 2016

Many seniors slip into unhealthy habits during retirement, especially if they don’t have hobbies or interest that keep them active. How much are you exercising each week? It is important to take a proactive approach to include both physical and mental exercises in your regular schedule.

Slow the Aging Process

Aging is inevitable, and it is a normal part of life. There is no reason for you to fear the aging process though, especially if you are actively caring for your health. Aging impacts your physical appearance, physical capabilities, and mental wellness. With regular exercise, healthy eating habits, and regular wellness checkups with your doctor, you can slow the aging process to maintain a youthful vitality as long as possible.

Physical and Mental Exercise Tips

If you are over the age of 50, then these are a few exercises that can be used to strengthen yourself both physically and mentally:

  • Meditation: By relaxing your body and focusing your mind, you can improve your mental health and reduce stress at the same time. This activity keeps you present and focused, and it can also boost your physical health when you incorporate deep breathing at the same time.
  • Stretching: Muscles tend to get tighter with age, which can limit mobility. Spend 10 or 15 minutes each day stretching, or you might try an easy yoga class at a local gym or recreation center.
  • Walking: There is no reason that you need to overwork yourself at the gym. Find a location with a track, and spend some time walking to keep yourself moving each day.
  • Read: Continue learning throughout your life, which means that you need to incorporate reading into your schedule. Consider a combination of both fiction and nonfiction books to keep your creativity and mental awareness strong.

In addition to these physical and mental exercise tips, it is also essential that you visit your doctor for regular wellness checks. For more information about the insurance options that are available, contact us right away.

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