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25 May

Senior Health And Fitness Day – 25th May

senior fitnessMay 25th Is Senior Health And Fitness Day, What Will You Be Doing?

Every year on May 25th, Senior Health and Fitness Day rolls around, and this year’s celebration is set to be one of the biggest yet. With more and more of us living longer and enjoying life way beyond retirement age, staying fit and being healthy is of paramount importance. After all, what’s the point of living longer if we aren’t in good enough shape to be able to enjoy all that later life has to offer these days?

What Is Senior Health And Fitness Day?

Senior Health and Fitness Day originated in the United States, but it is taking hold all across the world as greater numbers of people begin to realise just how important our own personal well-being is if we want to enjoy later life. The goal of Senior Health and Fitness Day is clear, to get more older adults involved in exercise – regardless of their current fitness levels.

The slogan of the campaign is “Get moving…Start improving!”, and with summer just around the corner there has never been a better time to get up and get out, even if it is just for a stroll around the block. There are plenty of good reasons why taking regular exercise should be part of your daily routine.

Benefits Of Regular Exercise For Seniors

It’s no good simply telling people that they need to do more exercise without pointing out what the advantages are of doing so. Although the mental and physical benefits for all who take part in regular exercise have been well documented, for those older adults who get physical a few times a week, there are some more relevant advantages:

  • Regular exercise will help improve your balance, thus making falls far less likely to occur.
  • Regular exercise increases strength which, in turn, will increase your overall mobility and ability to do more of the things you love.
  • Regular exercise improves your brain function and keeps it healthy, meaning that you’ll be less likely to suffer from cognitive disorders.
  • Regular exercise will improve the density of your bones and lower the risk of contracting osteoporosis.
  • Regular exercise will help to ease constipation as your digestive system becomes healthier.
  • Regular exercise helps keep you feeling younger and makes you more alert, and that will make life all the more enjoyable for both you and your loved ones.

Exercise Needn’t Be Boring Either

Many seniors get their exercise in ways that do not involve going to a gym or jumping on a bicycle. For some, things such as walking holidays make up part of their exercise regime. Simply grab some over 70s travel insurance and see the world on foot or maybe purchase some over 80s cover if you’re an octogenarian explorer!

The amount of options available to those who wish to exercise frequently during retirement are plentiful, and as we have already pointed out, the benefits are wide reaching. So, why not start off your new exercise regime this May 25th and get the rest of your life off with a bang. After all, you’re never too old to start.