If you’re reading this column, chances are you spend at least a little time each day thinking about your health. Maybe you read this column to find out about local fitness events, learn about different topics in the Need to Know series, or discover the Good For You Food of the Week. Good health might be something you take for granted. But do you ever think about changes to your health as you grow older? Today is the 18th annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day, an event organized to promote the importance of regular physical activity, regardless of one’s age.
This year’s theme is “Make Fitness a Goal For Life,” and that’s a great idea for everyone. No matter what your age or ability, there’s always something you can do. Take a walk, try yoga or tai chi, check out a low impact aerobics class, swim, or lift weights. Many exercises can be adapted for those with limitations.You can exercise from a chair if necessary. Even 10 to 15 minutes of activity is beneficial. Of course, you will want to discuss any new program with your doctor and address specific concerns.
A great way to get moving is to take part in one of the many programs offered through the Boise Parks and Recreation Department. Click on this link to check out their Summer Activity Guide. They offer basketball, fitness training, golf, volleyball, dance, swimming and more for adults. Or stop by your favorite Treasure Valley YMCA. They’re planning their 15th annual Senior Walk tomorrow, May 26, at the West Y and Boise Aquatics Center. This is a non-competitive event and you can choose distances between a half mile and 2 miles. Click on this link for more details.
One special concern for seniors is the dangers of falling. The Central District Health Department offers a Fit and Fall Proof class for seniors. This free course focuses on simple exercises that increase strength, balance and endurance. Staying active and fit can help prevent debilitating injuries caused by accidental falls sometimes associated with age. The one hour class is offered at several times and locations throughout the Treasure Valley. Click on this link for a schedule.
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How are you planning to make fitness a goal for life?
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