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  • Writer's pictureTaruna Rijhwani

Tips For Maintaining Your Mobility and Independence as You Age

Once people turn 50, almost everyone would like to know how they can age gracefully. And yeah, we all wish there was a ‘fountain of youth’ somewhere. I often hear seniors tell me, “Don’t get old”, or I often find them worrying about their mobility and independence. I completely understand this. It is a serious concern, which is why I hope to help as many seniors as possible in achieving and maintaining an active life. And just by the way… you’re not a senior if you’re 50!

Movement and Exercise

Regular cardiovascular exercise like brisk walking, aerobic exercises in a pool or Pilates are some examples of aerobic activities you can incorporate into your daily life. This is non-negotiable in my opinion. Movement offers several benefits, as even something as simple as going for a short walk can really change your life. It helps slow down the gradual deterioration that comes with aging, it helps maintain fluidity in the joints, and to some degree it even minimizes gradual muscle loss.

Regular aerobic exercise helps improve your sleep quality and manage other conditions like diabetes and heart health, too.

Strength Training

Apart from regular cardiovascular or aerobic exercise, adding a good chunk of strength training to your routine is vital. The reason that strength training is so key, especially when you are over 50, is to help minimize or prevent the muscle loss that comes with aging. It will prevent and/or minimize muscle atrophy and provide better support for your joints.

A loss of muscle mass, that is, muscle atrophy is a normal consequence of aging and can only be slowed down or reversed by a regular strength training routine. Challenging your muscles helps build back fibers that become deficient because of aging.

Building your muscles through strength training will not only help to minimize arthritis and joint aches, but also goes a long way in the prevention of falls and poor balance.

Healthy Eating Habits

Another important element in minimizing the effects of aging is to eat a well-balanced, nutritious diet. Eating a balanced diet, that is, with plenty of fruits and vegetables containing nutrients and fiber, will help balance out your body's slowing metabolism.

It is time to ditch or minimize junk food and give your body healthy nutrients. As the saying goes, “You are what you eat”, and a good diet will go a long way in managing the aging-related problems that affect your quality of life.

Proper Footwear

This one is essential, as many active seniors end up with hip, knee, or foot problems due to improper footwear; they fall into the cycle of pain and immobility.

If you choose to be active, which you probably will if you are reading so far, you need to make sure that you utilize proper footwear that supports your arch; this will minimize aches and pains.

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