Staying Fit in a Senior Care Home

 Staying Fit in a Senior Care Home

As we start to get older, many of us think about making a move into a senior living facility. Moving into a care home, or assisted living community, means that you get access to health care, but it’s also a way to become part of a community, which can help you to avoid loneliness, and boost your mental health as you get older. There are many benefits to living in a senior care home, including opportunities to stay fit and healthy as you age. If it’s a move that you are considering, here’s a look at some of the ways that you can stay fit once you’ve settled in. 

Get Out and About

Senior care homes aren’t prisons. You don’t have to stay in your room, or even in the grounds. You can leave whenever you want. Homes like are in fabulous locations, offering plenty of chances to get out and about and explore the local community. 

Make Friends

Going for walks is great, but it’s even better if you can do it with friends. Introduce yourself to your new neighbours and you’ll have someone to exercise with. 

Invite Your Family

Your family can come to visit you whenever you want them to. In some care homes, you’ll even be able to invite them to stay over. Spending time with family is a great way to stay fit, especially if you’ve got younger grandchildren. Introduce your family to your new friends and show them around both the community and the surrounding area. 

Enjoy Gardening

Gardening is an excellent way to burn calories, build muscle, and improve your cardiovascular health. It’s also a great way to get more fresh air, and it will help you to look after your mental health. If you’ve always had a garden of your own, you might worry about losing it when you move into senior living, but most facilities have vast grounds that residents are encouraged to help with. 

Join Groups

Most senior care homes offer a range of fitness classes. These are usually tailored towards the residents and are perfectly safe. Explore the classes and groups that are available and try to find things that you can do comfortably and will enjoy. If there’s nothing that takes your fancy, speak to staff, as well as other members of your community about setting something up. 

Look After Yourself

One of the main reasons that we stop exercising as we get older is a lack of mobility or other health issues. Having access to healthcare and support means that you have a much better chance of keeping your body strong and staying active, so make the most of it. 

Focus on Nutrition

Exercise is easier and more enjoyable if you fuel your body well. Fortunately, senior living complexes offer great chances to eat a healthy and well-balanced diet, and most residents find that they eat better than they would at home alone. 

Staying fit is a great way to enjoy your time in your new community, make friends, and boost your mental health while caring for your body. Investing time in exercise, whether it’s a gym class, or walks with friends, will help to extend your life, and improve its quality. 

Gill Daniel

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