May 27 is Senior Health and Fitness Day, which reminds us that it’s a great time to talk about ways senior can stay fit, especially during the Stay At Home order when many of our normal fitness outlets are closed.
First and foremost, stay safe.
Seniors are at high risk when it comes to COVID-19, so it’s important to continue to be mindful of crowds and public spaces. Though many parks and trails are now open, visiting those areas can increase your risk. Practice social distancing, good hand hygiene, and wear a mask when going out or when you’re not able to practice social distancing.
So how can seniors stay healthy during the time of COVID-19? Here are 3 suggestions.
1. Rain or shine, move everyday
When the weather won’t cooperate, you can still get some activity in by working on your flexibility. Gentle stretches have been shown to improve health and lessen the risk of falls. There are many free online and TV programs that offer guidance.
Instead of sitting during your favorite TV programs, how about walking in place while watching? Even walking during commercials can add significantly to your step counts for the day.
A walk around the neighborhood is a great way to get some exercise and perhaps have a socially-distanced chat with a neighbor. Seasonal yard maintenance counts as exercise as well. Whether you’re weeding, raking or mowing, you’re building muscle and increasing your heart rate.
2. Eat your vegetables
Improving your health and fitness isn’t just about exercise. It’s also about eating healthy. Working lots of fruits and vegetables into your diet gives your body needed nutrients.
Watching fats and sugars can be difficult when you’re fighting quarantine boredom, so try to limit the amount of junk food you bring into your home.
3. Check in with your provider
One of the most important ways to stay healthy is to keep current on wellness checks and chronic care management with your primary care provider. If you’re due for an appointment, please call today to schedule your appointment with us.
Make sure you’re up-to-date with your vaccinations. As Spencer Fodczuk, PA-C from our Bonney Lake clinic shared, pneumonia shots which are typically given to those who are 65+ can help with secondary infections should one get COVID.
During this unprecedented time, you can still be on top of your health by moving daily, eating the right food, and maintaining your health with your primary care provider. We hope you stay safe, stay healthy, and know that we are here for you.