Starting up and sticking with an exercise routine is a challenge at any age. No matter how much we read or hear about the importance of physical fitness, the first and subsequent steps on the road to good health don’t often come easily.
But a senior living community is an ideal place to get started — residents and staff included.
Many independent living campuses have an exercise room or fitness center; some even have a pool, possibly tennis courts and a putting green too. The majority of senior living communities also have walking trails throughout or around the buildings.
The equipment and physical plant resources are there, but the real power is in the people and practice. Among peers, senior living residents can select accountability partners to help them stay on track, remind them about the upcoming Zumba classes, or keep a record of their activities. An accountability partner can also check in to see what healthy nutritional choices were made during meal times.
Another bonus? Having a routine. Certain fitness classes will probably be offered at the senior living community on a regular basis, so it’s easy to work them into a daily schedule.
What are you waiting for? Establish an exercise routine, find a friend to hold you accountable, and get fit right where you are.