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Staying Fit at Any Age

Senior Fitness Tips by Reformed Church Home

Senior Fitness Tips for Healthy Living in Old Bridge, NJ

You know the saying, “You’re only as old as you feel,” right? At Reformed Church Home, we believe in that saying 100 percent. That’s why we make it our mission to educate seniors on ways to incorporate health and fitness into their daily routine. Whether you live on your own, with family, or in a senior living community, or if you receive nursing care or long-term care, it’s easy to begin—and keep—a commitment to fitness that can help make you feel your best. By following these fun, easy fitness tips for seniors, you can get on the road to feeling younger and more energetic than you ever thought possible!

Eat well, be well

It’s no secret that nutrition is one of the key elements of good health. While this is true at any age, it is especially important for seniors to follow their doctor’s nutrition recommendations and eat a healthy, balanced diet full of lean meats, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Seniors should also make sure their diet includes low-fat sources of dairy and a natural source of calcium, which is essential for maintaining strong, healthy bones. In assisted living at Reformed Church Home, we have partnered with MemoryMeals® to offer, on a regular basis, recipes and food choices that incorporate the essential ingredients for brain health and heart health. Contact us to ask more about our MemoryMeals® program!

Of course, you may wish to check with your doctor to create a healthy, balanced meal plan if you have any dietary restrictions, or a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease. If you are a resident at an assisted-living community, your on-site medical experts can help you formulate a nutrition plan for your specific needs.

Exercise daily for maximum benefits

Staying active is a big part of staying fit and healthy. Seniors with no mobility issues should try to be as active as possible each day, and engage in light to moderate exercise at least a few times per week. We offer a 1-hour exercise program led by a fitness instructor twice per week in our assisted living community, and daily seated exercise programs for all residents. The numerous benefits of exercise include improved circulation and reduced risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even colon cancer. Additionally, maintaining an active lifestyle can help reduce the risk of falling and fracturing bones. As if these exercise benefits weren’t enough to get you moving, the fresh air and sunshine you get from an outdoor walk or jog can boost your mood, strengthen your immune system, and give you an extra dose of calcium and vitamin D—just remember to wear your sunscreen. By sticking to an exercise regimen, you can improve your quality of life and increase your level of enjoyment, which can all add up to a happier, healthier you!

For more information, contact Andrea Walls, Director of Marketing at Reformed Church Home, at (732) 607-9230 or awalls@rchnj.org.

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