As people age, the risks of heart disease and cardiac arrest increase. However, poor health and medical conditions do not have to hang over seniors’ heads as each year passes. Even if you have neglected your health until now, it is not too late to get on the side of healthy habits and a diet and exercise regimen to reduce the health risks associated with a shorter life span and untimely death.
Having a healthy heart is the first step toward living a healthy lifestyle. Reducing the risk of medical conditions and heart disease is not simply the job of the young. Seniors must engage in heart-healthy activities to reduce heart disease risk and ward off other medical conditions.
At Southfield, our staff value the importance of a healthy lifestyle for seniors and have developed programs to encourage residents to participate and enjoy activities that promote movement. If you or a loved one is entering this stage of life, find out how you can live independently and stay active by calling 855.947.3838.
The Benefits of a Healthy Heart
Doctors have identified the many risks of undisciplined behaviors, low activity, and stress. Unfortunately, many people over 65 who did not prioritize their health during their younger years now experience medical conditions and health risks at a later age. Thousands of serious cardiac events occur every day, including heart failure and heart attack, risking vulnerable seniors’ lives. This is why being committed to our resident’s health and wellness is so important here at Southfield.
To increase the likelihood and benefits of a healthy heart, physicians recommend a combination of a healthy lifestyle and good habits to reduce the risk of heart disease and cardiac events, including:
- Monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure with a physician
- Minimize or reduce stress
- Eat a balanced diet
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Get regular exercise
- Stop smoking
- Avoid or reduce alcohol
Even if you have neglected your health before, it is not too late to get control of your body and promote heart health. Now is the time to take charge of your life and your health. A residential independent living center may be the right place for you to enjoy this stage of your life and ensure longevity and health.
Flexibility and Balance
As people age, the body does not always cooperate as it once did. Even routine everyday activities may be challenging as muscle strength and flexibility diminish. Regular stretching allows for greater movements in the joints and improves balance and coordination. To gain the flexibility and balance needed to engage in the activities that they love, it is recommended that seniors engage in stretching exercises several times per week. Maintaining flexibility and balance also prevents accidents, slips, and falls. If you are looking to improve your balance, flexibility, posture, and heart health, incorporate these simple stretches into your exercise routine:
- Lower back stretch
- Neck stretches
- Shoulder and upper arm stretch
- Chest stretches
- Ankle stretch
- Hamstring stretch
- Quadriceps stretch
Although stretching does not directly strengthen the heart, it provides a solid foundation for aerobic exercise and strength training.
Aerobic Exercise For Heart Health
No matter your age, it is never too late to get active, and Southfield makes it a point to offer numerous activities for all residents. Aerobic exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle is important to achieving and maintaining good heart health and provides many other health benefits, including:
- Improving circulation
- Lowering blood pressure
- Increases heart pumping efficiency
- Reduces risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Controls blood glucose levels
It is recommended that seniors engage in at least 150 minutes of aerobic exercise per week, including swimming, hiking, and brisk walking.
Discover How To Improve Your Health And Wellness at Southfield
At Southfield, our specialists understand the importance of movement and activity. They have designed a broad range of engaging activities for our seniors to stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including stretching, strength, and aerobic exercises. Residential independent living provides seniors with the option to choose how and when they participate and remain connected with fellow residents, focusing on their overall health and wellness.
Discover how you can stay active, connected, and enjoy this stage of your life using the online form or calling 855.947.3838. One of our caring team members will be happy to help you learn how independent residential living may be right for you or someone you love.