Whether we’re talking about you or someone you love, just because you get older doesn’t mean you have to stop taking care of yourself. No matter your age, exercising daily is still a key component to living your best 100 Year Lifestyle. Don’t think you’re able to do multiple reps of sit-ups and pushups or run a seven-minute mile anymore? Not to worry! If you’re looking to stay in shape despite the inevitability of growing older, we’ve compiled a list of easy, age defying exercises that will keep your body, mind, and spine feeling good for years to come.
Walking and Speed Walking
Though these aren’t groundbreaking exercises, they are reliable and easy for many people to do. You took your first steps as a small child, and since then, walking has likely been one of your primary modes of transportation. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. In addition to this, walking is completely free, unlike many exercises. With no fancy equipment necessary and since it comes naturally to most people, walking has many benefits that you won’t be able to resist.
If the ground doesn’t sound appealing to you, leave it behind. Did you know you can complete pushups by doing them on the wall instead? A much easier, safer yet still effective exercise for the elderly. Stand an arm’s length in front of a wall and lean forward with your palms flat on the wall at the height and width of your shoulders. Keep your feet planted as you slowly bring your body towards the wall, and then gently push yourself back so that your arms are straight, just like you would with a regular pushup on the ground.
Arm Stretch While Seated
If you are unable to stand for long periods of time or are wheelchair-bound, there’s still simply exercises available to you. While seated with a perfectly straight back, take your arms and extend them over your head. Different variations of this exercise include extending them straight out in front of you and going back and forth between the two directions. You can even hold one arm for ten seconds and get a nice stretch in that way. Either way, the point is that you’re moving and stretching as much as possible.
Don’t let your age define you. The 100 Year Lifestyle is all about getting better with age, and exercise isn’t just for young people. Even by practicing these three simple age defying exercises, you’ll notice a difference in blood flow and an overall change in attitude. Be the best version of yourself that you can with every passing day.