Good nutrition and healthy activity are important at any age. For seniors, the benefits are many but most importantly, exercise and eating well can help you feel better. Here are just a few reasons to prioritize your health and wellness, according to the National Institutes of Health:
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, colon cancer, and breast cancer
- Improve your balance and lower risk of falls and injuries from falls
- Sleep better
- Lower anxiety and decrease depression
- Increase energy
- Stay independent
- Improve cognitive function
The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans suggests you do at least 150 minutes (2 ½ hours) a week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, like brisk walking or fast dancing. Being active at least 3 days a week is best, but doing anything is better than doing nothing at all
Stay active at Falcons Landing
Here are five ways our wellness programs can help you develop and maintain healthy habits:
- Be proactive.
We offer an Annual Health Fair, influenza vaccinations and monthly wellness programs.
- Get moving.
From aqua therapy to walking clubs to our fabulous fitness center, Falcons Landing has something for everyone. In our Fitness Center, you can enjoy state-of-the-art treadmills, and aerobic and strength training. In our junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, you can play water volleyball, swim laps or try water aerobics, with low impact on your joints. You may also enjoy a spirited game of table tennis, Wii Bowling or an aerobics class. You can find an exercise you enjoy enough to make it a habit.
You’ll love massages with our licensed therapist. In the Fitness Center, be sure to check out our indoor whirlpool spa.
- Eat well.
Our registered dietitian works with our Chefs to plan delicious and nutritious menus and personal consultation with our dietician is available for those on special diets. Our dining menus include all the nutritional information you need to make smart selections. Make better choices, and your body will feel the difference.
- Find your community.
Our three walking clubs take full advantage of the local scenic trails. On our tennis courts, you’ll find friends ready for a singles or doubles match or to enjoy a game of Pickleball. Two golf groups enjoy playing at one of eight nearby courses. We also host a range of fitness classes for all levels: chair yoga and aerobics, aqua aerobics, balance courses, strength training and fall prevention. Check out our current fitness classes.
While some of these activities have been modified or curtailed for resident safety this year, we have worked hard to support continued wellness even during the coronavirus crisis. No matter what activities spark your interest, we are focused on helping you find your passions and achieve long-term health and spiritual well-being.
So, get moving — even if you are just getting started. Lace up a new pair of shoes and dig out your favorite workout clothes. You’ll be glad you did!