10 Tips For Seniors To Build Immunity

10 Tips For Seniors To Build Immunity

As we age, we will endure many physical changes. Our immune system is one of those things. With respect to recent world events related to this topic, it is important to remain focused on maintaining strong immune systems. There are several practices that you can take on to make sure you are staying healthy and happy.

10 Tips For Seniors To Build Immunity

  1. Wash your hands– any time you are potentially in high contact with germs, it is best practice to wash your hands.
  2. Get the flu shot– this vaccine could help your system fight off a deadly virus and can help your body develop bacteria that will keep you healthy.
  3. Eat well balanced meals– make sure you eat all your fruits and veggies! It is important to ensure that each meal is made with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  4. Stay active– Even if you are just walking around the neighborhood, do something active every day.
  5. Reduce your stress– try to limit yourself from being exposed to things that make you worry. Keep your thoughts on things you can control.
  6. Connect with others– Spend time socializing and talking to people you know or love.
  7. Get good rest– Not enough sleep could mean that your body is underprepared for fighting off anything that may make you sick. Naps are OK!!
  8. Stay hydrated– Water is a great way to keep your system clean and running well.
  9. Lessen your intake of alcohol– Too much drinking could make you vulnerable to infection in your body.
  10. Quit smoking– Not only does smoking hinder your ability to fight off known viruses, but you also could become more susceptible to other health issues.

These 10 habits can really help you to stay healthy. There are many steps you can take to make sure your body is in tip top shape. At Orchard at Athens, our residents’ health is one of our top priorities. We pride ourselves in being able to provide an environment that fosters a healthy mind, body and spirit. If you would like more information on the programs we have to offer, please visit contact us today.

Benefits Of Meditation For Seniors

Benefits Of Meditation For Seniors

Orchard at Athens is Athens newest luxury senior living facility with a focus towards holistic well-being of the residents that live there and visitors from the surrounding community that come to enjoy classes, activities and community service projects. One of the many things that Orchard at Athens will offer is a meditation classes.

What Is Meditation?

Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. Most people think of meditation as a special, relaxed state of mind- one that we maintain for an extended period of time and, with practice, stray for only occasionally. Meditation, however, is when we are aware of the wandering of our mind and bring it back, over and over to the movement of the breath, to the posture of the body, and to itself. We repeatedly return to body, mind, and breath. Meditation is just to be here, not over there, in some other place called peace or freedom or enlightenment.

Concentration Meditation

One way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath — an example of one of the most common approaches to meditation: concentration.

Concentration meditation involves focusing on a single point. This could entail following the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, listening to a repetitive gong, or counting beads on a mala. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer durations.

In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than continuing to think about these random thoughts, you simply let them go. Through this process, your ability to concentrate improves.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation encourages the practitioner to observe wandering thoughts as they pop up and drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.

Through mindfulness meditation, you can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance develops.

Other Common Meditation Techniques

In some schools of meditation, students practice a combination of concentration and mindfulness.

There are various other meditation techniques. For example, a daily meditation practice among Buddhist monks focuses directly on the cultivation of compassion. This involves envisioning negative events and recasting them in a positive light by transforming them through compassion.

There are also moving meditation techniques, such as tai chi, qigong, and walking meditation.

Meditation Benefits

Studies on meditation and the practice of focusing on the mind, body and breath, have shown that meditation can have positive effects on the nervous system.

  • Improved blood circulation
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower blood cortisol levels
  • More feelings of well-being
  • Lower heart rate
  • Less perspiration
  • Slower respiratory rate
  • Less anxiety
  • Less stress
  • Deeper relaxation

Researchers are now exploring whether a consistent meditation practice can bring about long-term benefits and noting positive effects on brain and immune function among meditators. However, remember that the purpose of meditation is simply to be present.

In Buddhist philosophy, the ultimate benefit of meditation is liberation of the mind from attachment to things it cannot control. When the mind is free or “enlightened,” the practitioner no longer needlessly focuses on experiences, but instead maintains a calm mind and sense of inner harmony.

Simple Meditation Technique

This meditation exercise is an excellent introduction to meditation techniques.

  1. Sit or lie comfortably.
  2. Close your eyes.
  3. Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
  4. Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Simply focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, notice the thought without judgement and return your focus back to your breath.

Orchard at Athens will provide the Athens area meditation classes and access to yoga along with other opportunities to create well-being in your life. Please contact us to learn more about our community.

Senior Benefits From Pet Therapy

Senior Benefits From Pet Therapy

Pets are one way to improve an individual’s quality of life. Orchard at Athens is a senior living community in Athens Georgia that invites residents to bring pets with them. Orchard also provides many opportunities for residents who love animals to regularly interact with them. We understand the many because we understand the many benefits that pet therapy can provide for seniors.

Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and animal-assisted activities. Animal-assisted therapy is a growing field that pairs dogs or other animals with people to help with recovering from health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and mental health disorders. Animal-assisted activities, on the other hand, have a more general purpose. One of these purposes is providing comfort and enjoyment. As this field grows, more and more communities are implementing pets as part of their daily programming.

Pet therapy builds on the pre-existing human-animal bond which has developed over thousands of years. Historically animals have helped alert indigenous people to dangers and threatening situations. Therefore, we inherently know that if animals are at rest, all is well. Additionally, because dogs and humans have evolved together for thousands of years, eye contact between dogs and humans, releases oxytocin in the body which helps create social bonds.

Senior Benefits From Pet Therapy

There are many benefits of pet therapy and interacting with a friendly pet has been found to help with:

  • Improving physical and mental issues
  • Reducing blood pressure
  • Improving overall cardiovascular health
  • Releasing endorphins that produce a calming effect
  • Helping alleviate pain
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving overall psychological state

Goals of Pet Therapy

Pet therapy can be used in different ways, and some of the goals of a pet therapy program can include:

  • Improving motor skills and joint movement
  • Improving assisted or independent movement
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Increasing verbal communication
  • Developing social skills
  • Increasing willingness to join in activities
  • Improving interactions with others
  • Encouraging daily exercise

Additional Benefits of Pet Therapy

Other benefits of pet therapy include:

  • Reducing boredom
  • Increasing happiness
  • Lessening depression
  • Reducing anxiety because of its calming effects
  • Decreasing loneliness and isolation
  • Improving the relationship between someone and their healthcare provider

Who Can Benefit From Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Animal-assisted therapy can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, depression and fatigue in people with a range of health problems:

  • Children having dental procedures
  • People receiving cancer treatment
  • Elders in long-term care communities
  • People with cardiovascular diseases
  • People living with dementia
  • Veterans living post-traumatic stress disorder
  • People with anxiety

People with health problems are not the only ones who can reap the benefits of pet therapy. Family members and friends who sit in on animal visits say they feel better, too.

Pet therapy is also being used in nonmedical settings, such as universities and community programs, to help people deal with anxiety and stress of life. Animal-assisted interventions are goal oriented and structured to intentionally incorporate animals in health, education and human service for the purpose of therapeutic gains and improved health and wellness.

Orchard at Athens will utilize innovative programs such as pet therapy to enhance connection and provide continued life giving experiences for residents. Meaningful relationship is a cornerstone for this luxury assisted living. Please contact us to learn more about our community.

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Exercise Programs Senior Living Communities

Exercise Programs In Senior Living Communities

When living a healthy lifestyle, there are many things to consider and exercise needs to be one of the top items on your list. If you are looking at senior living facilities in Athens Georgia, it will be very important to know whether the community provides the right environment and support for healthy living including ways to stay active. Orchard at Athens is one such community and is thrilled to offer residents ample outdoor greenspace. This outdoor space in Athens, Georgia will encourage residents daily exercise routines and includes a large exercise patio and equipment to use personally or in combination with doctor recommended physical therapists.

Exercise Benefits For Seniors

Exercise has proven to be extremely important to healthy living. Exercise has been shown to improve mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. Here are some additional benefits:

  • It produces changes in the parts of the brain that regulate stress and anxiety.
  • Exercise can increase the production of endorphins, which are known to help produce positive feelings and reduce the perception of pain.
  • Exercise has been shown to reduce symptoms in people suffering from anxiety.

Exercise Benefits For Preventing Senior Weight Gain

Studies have shown that inactivity is a major factor in weight gain and obesity. To understand the effect of exercise on weight reduction, it is important to understand the relationship between exercise and energy expenditure. Your body spends energy in three ways:

  1. Digesting food
  2. Exercising
  3. Maintaining body functions like your heartbeat and breathing

While dieting, a reduced calorie intake will lower your metabolic rate, which will delay weight loss. On the contrary, regular exercise has been shown to increase your metabolic rate, which will burn more calories and help you lose weight.

Maintaining Strong Muscles and Bones

Exercise plays a vital role in building and maintaining strong muscles and bones. Physical activity like weight lifting can stimulate muscle building with the proper amount of protein in your diet.

With age, people tend to lose muscle mass and function. This can lead to injuries and decreased abilities. Practicing regular physical activity is essential to reducing muscle loss and maintaining strength as you age.

Increased Energy For Seniors From Exercise

Exercise can increase energy. One study found that six weeks of regular exercise reduced feelings of being tired for 36 healthy people who had reported persistent fatigue. Studies have also found that chronic disease has been linked to a lack of regular exercise.

Regular exercise has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, cardiovascular fitness and, decrease blood pressure and blood fat levels.

Can Exercise Help Improve Memory?

Exercise can improve brain function and protect memory and thinking skills. Here are some points to consider:

  • Exercise increases heart rate, which promotes the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.
  • Exercise can prevent chronic disease which can turn into benefits for the brain, since its function can be affected by these diseases.
  • Regular physical activity is especially important in older adults because it reduces the stress and inflammation that occur during aging and promotes changes in brain structure and function.
  • Exercise has been shown to cause the hippocampus to grow in size. The hippocampus is a part of the brain that’s vital for memory and learning.

Sleep Benefits From Exercise

Regular exercise can help increase relaxation and better sleep. Here are a couple points:

  • Exercise stimulates recuperative processes during sleep.
  • The increase in body temperature that occurs during exercise is thought to improve sleep quality by helping it drop during sleep.
  • One study found that 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity per week can provide up to a 65% improvement in sleep quality.

Chronic Pain Reduction For Seniors From Exercise

Exercise can reduce chronic pain. A review of several studies indicates that exercise helps participants with chronic pain reduce their pain and improve their quality of life. Several studies have also shown that exercise can help control pain that is associated with various health conditions, including but not limited to, chronic low back pain, fibromyalgia and chronic soft tissue shoulder disorder.

There is a lot of information about exercise, and it might be difficult to know where to start. Please always consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise program. In future articles will review different types of exercise and how to start becoming more active. Please contact us if you have questions about our approach towards exercise.

Tips For Reviewing Engagement Programs At Senior Living Communities

Tips For Reviewing Engagement Programs At Senior Living Communities

When looking at the calendar for events and engagement at an assisted living community, one hopes to see a day filled with meaning. This means more than just activities to keep people occupied but rather activities and opportunities to stay engaged in their lives. Orchard at Athens is a senior living community in Athens Georgia that understands this importance. Our engagement model is organized and designed to meet the needs of our residents in their different Groves, and are based on abilities and interests of the people who live here.

Tips For Reviewing Engagement Programs At Senior Living Communities

When reviewing an engagement calendar, look for the following types of opportunities:


  • Ways to give back to the community
  • Opportunities to be involved in activities that are related to past roles and occupations
  • Activities that have specific outcomes such as building, cooking or creating a product
  • Opportunities to feel important and respected
  • Educational opportunities
  • Fulfill a sense of meaning and purpose

Health and Wellness:

  • Aerobic exercises such as walking etc.
  • A variety of exercise options catering to people with different preferences and interests
  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Dance

Rest and restoration:

  • Ways to restore energy throughout the day
  • Traditional “down time” such as a nap
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Sitting on the porch
  • Listening to relaxing music
  • Aroma therapy

Leisure and fun:

  • Ways of being engaged in activities that provide fun, creativity and laughter. This can be different for different people and so there needs to be a variety of options.
  • Outings
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Group social activities
  • Play
  • Parties

Tips For Reviewing The Engagement Calendar

Another way to look at engagement is to see whether the options for filling the day with meaning and joy meet three other categories which include mind, body and spirit. An engagement calendar should be coordinated and designed to provide holistic wellbeing for each person who lives in the community.

When looking at potential senior living communities in Athens, take time to review the calendar of events. Is there something that will interest you or your loved one?  Will the staff work with you and your loved one to find the right flow of day? When looking at the calendar for Orchard at Athens, you will find that the different options have an image next to the activity, making it easy to get an idea of how our staff keep the day balanced for our residents.

Best Engagement Programs For Dementia

When someone is living with dementia, it is even more important for the staff to get to know this person and find ways to support them in ways that make sense to them.  It is also important for the staff to understand how each person likes to spend their days and provide the opportunities needed to make their days have meaning and joy. Make sure to take extra care and ask questions around the senior living communities approach to dementia care if you’re searching for a place for a loved one with dementia.

Our engagement staff is committed to providing a holistic approach when engaging with our residents. Please visit our engagement model page or contact us for more information about our approach.

Tai Chi Benefits For Elderly

Tai Chi Benefits For Elderly

Tai Chi, a mind-body relaxation exercise, was devised by Chang San Feng for meditation and self-defense in the thirteenth century A.D. The 108 forms are performed in a slow relaxed manner, taking 30 minutes altogether. Tai Chi is a gentle system of traditionally standing group exercise that integrates breathing and rhythmic movements to achieve a conditioning effect. Tai Chi has been shown to have many benefits for the elderly. In this article we’ll explore the topic a bit more.

What Is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi originated as a form of martial arts but now has multiple forms and styles that have been adapted from the original form. Whereas Tai Chi was traditionally used in sports and competition, more recently Tai Chi has been advocated to have multiple medical benefits. The largest body of research about Tai Chi focuses on fall risk benefits.

Tai Chi involves learning multiple poses that are linked together with slow movements that emphasize control and balance. These routines or “forms” can range from the classic 108 postures to as few as 42. The focus required to complete the movements and postures and recalling the sequence of postures has been credited with both the mental calmness and the cognitive benefits associated with Tai Chi. Improvement in balance and decreased fall risk are attributed to the slow repetitive work and the emphasis on control and coordination, especially at the ankle.

Seniors Sleep Benefits From Tai Chi

In a clinical trial studying the effects of Tai Chi and sleep quality, 62 subjects over 65 years old were studied for a 12 week period. Tai Chi was found to have a significant impact on sleep quality. Below are more details about the study.

  • During the intervention, Tai Chi Exercise sessions were held three times per week for 12 weeks.
  • Duration of exercise was 5 minutes at first session gradually increasing to 20 to 25 minutes by the midpoint of the intervention.
  • The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index was used for pre and post evaluation of older adult sleep quality.
  • In the Tai Chi group sleep quality was improved significantly.
  • The conclusion indicated that the Tai Chi Exercise can have a significant effect on sleep quality in older adults.

Seniors Balance Benefits From Tai Chi

Another study that focused on Tai Chi as well as function and balance found that Tai Chi warrants further study as an exercise treatment to improve the health of older people. Below are some benefits identified:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduced fear of falling
  • Reduction of multiple fall risk by 47.5%

Other Benefits Of Tai Chi For Seniors

Additional studies have found the Tai Chi shows benefits for older adults in the following areas:

  • Fibromyalgia and an increase in quality of life score
  • Cardiorespiratory function
  • Immune system function
  • Mental control
  • Flexibility
  • Balance control
  • Muscle strength
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress reduction

Orchard at Athens is a senior living community in Athens Georgia that understands the benefits of alternative exercise programs for our residents. Tai Chi is just one of the programs we offer to promote health benefits and living well as we age. Please contact us for more information or to schedule a tour of our community.

Safety Tips For Aging in Home

Safety Tips For Aging At Home

As individuals age, it becomes more difficult to move around and get out to do things. As a result of new challenges, many elderly people prefer to stay indoors. While there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to keep in mind safety in the home. Taking the proper steps to ensure that the elderly are safe indoors can be easy and applicable to most homes. This article will explore the different changes that come with age and provide safety tips for aging at home.


As we age, there is a shift in our physical ability. Our muscles can become weaker, which can alter our ability to stay balanced as we stand and walk. Some ways we can improve and maintain our balance are daily exercise, participation in a strength program, yoga, Thai Chi, and dance. Each of these activities can help to improve our physical health, thus making it easier to perform daily tasks. It is important to consistently challenge our bodies so that we do not lose strength and endurance in our muscles as we age. This will help us to live stronger, healthier lives!

Vision and Hearing

As we age, our peripheral vision becomes more limited. When this happens it can seem as though we are looking through a scuba mask. In order to ensure safety in the home as vision is declining, it is important to keep things organized and in order. This will help us to know where things are at all times. Hearing is another aspect of our bodies that worsens with age. Hearing loss can be a challenge where it becomes more difficult to discern what it is we are hearing, the origin of the sound and we need an increased volume to be able to hear.


The gift of age is accompanied with the gift of forgetfulness. As we grow older, we tend to lose some of our capabilities to remember. We may forget appointments more often or forget that we have turned the stove on. While we keep our ability to learn and pay attention, we gain the necessity of needing less and less distractions. Prompting and calendars become our best friends.

Safety Tips For Aging At Home

With all the changes that are happening to our bodies, we may need to change certain aspects of our lives. Below are some home safety tips to consider as we adjust to the aging bodies we live in:

Entrances and exits – These spaces in our homes should be level and free of tripping hazards. Steps can become an issue along with curbs, thresholds and welcome mats.  Be sure that you are still able to manage keys, door knobs, door bells, mailboxes and peep holes. New video camera technology can be used to monitor the people and animals that are outside our homes.

Interior stairs and hallways – Notice the width of hallways in the event you may need to utilize a wheelchair in the future. Planning ahead for these adjustments can make life a lot easier in the long run. You may also want to consider installing railing in areas of the home that could be hazardous i.e the bathroom, shower, or stairways.

Bathrooms – Are you still able to manage the knobs, controls and is the depth of the sink and bath still workable for you? You may have some exciting renovations in store if you need to change any of these aspects of your home. Pay attention to the bathroom specifically. This is where we spend a lot of time as people, so we want to make sure it is safe and still usable.

Kitchen – Is this wheelchair accessible?  Are the height of the sink, counters, cabinets and pantry still accessible or do modifications need to be made?  Are you able to reach above and below to utilize the storage spaces? Is the hot water heater adjusted to a temperature that is safe?  Is there adequate lighting and is the stove easy to manage?

Living room, bedrooms and dining – Can you get into and out of chairs, beds, sofas easily or do you need something to help you balance?  Is the height of your furniture still manageable? Are there tripping hazards and can you move around safely?  Is the lighting adequate and are you still able to turn on and off the TV, plug in the computer and charge your devices or are there modifications that need to be made?

Keep these questions in mind when you begin to consider the safety of your own home.  If you are unsure of the the safety of continuing to live there, use Orchard at Athens as a resource for helping make a decision. Contact us for more information.

What are Geriatricians

What Are Geriatricians And Do I Need One?

If your health condition is leading you to consider relocating to an assisted living in the Athens, Georgia area, it may also be time to consider the benefits of working with a geriatric physician for primary care. In this article we’ll discuss what Geriatricians are and discuss if you need a Geriatrician.

What Are Geriatricians

As you age, medical care can become more complex. Geriatric medicine is a specialty that focuses on how to manage medical issues and diseases more common in the second half of life.

A Geriatrician most often treats people over the age of 60 who are either healthy or have multiple medical conditions. They specialize in treating medical conditions that can impact one another and are particularly skilled in how medications interact and uniquely affect the human body in late life.

Orchard at Athens is currently forming partnerships with local geriatric physicians and other specialized practitioners to ensure helpful resources and onsite affiliate partners are available for residents and families.

Having a trusted onsite medical provider available at an assisted living adds to the collaboration of care and can simplify appointment coordination for busy families. When visiting and touring communities you are considering, be sure to ask about medical partnerships including geriatric physicians, visiting psychiatrists, and home health rehabilitation therapists.

Do You Need A Geriatrician?

Health conditions can complicate the aging process because they create added stress to the body and usually involve a variety of medications. As challenges arise, it will be important to find a way for specialty physicians to communicate with one another. A Geriatrician can serve as the lead for you and guide you on the “big picture” of your wellness.

If you are over the age of 60 and have one or more of the following conditions you may want to consider medical care with a geriatric focus.

  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain
  • Sleep problems
  • Thyroid disorder

Orchard at Athens affiliate geriatric care partners function not just as available onsite primary care but work closely and collaboratively with Orchards health and wellbeing director. This relationship ensures timely coordination and provides a person-centered team approach to managing care.

A general internist or family physician will typically serve as the primary care provider. But if you are especially frail or have complicated medical problems, it would be wise to consider a switch to a geriatric practitioner.

Whomever you choose, make sure your physician is committed to helping you make decisions about your health in context to your quality of life throughout the aging process.

Finding A Geriatrician

Below are some links that can help find a Geriatrician near you:

Orchard at Athens is also here to help! Contact Us if you have further questions about Geriatricians in Athens, Winterville, Watkinsville, Bogart, Hull, Statham, Winder, Ashland, Crawford, or Colbert and learn more about other onsite programs and if Orchard’s luxury senior living is a good choice for you.

Importance of Exercise for Seniors

The Importance of Exercise for Seniors

When deciding to try a new or different type of exercise program it is wise for seniors to consult with a physician.  It is recommended to have a health screening prior to an exercise test or starting a new exercise regime that may require increased endurance or intensity.

While exercises like walking or stretching are safe for most individuals, a person’s age, medical diagnosis, physical condition, and activity goals are factors that determine the extent of the evaluation needed.

Determining Fitness Abilities For Seniors

To determine the next best exercise program for you it will be important to reflect on the following:

Is My Activity Aerobic or Anaerobic:

  • Mostly sedentary and walk rarely
  • Low-intensity exercises like walking or stretching
  • High-intensity exercises like hiking, power walking, swimming, or tennis

How often do I currently or want to exercise?  

  • A few times a month
  • Up to 3 times a week
  • 3 or more times a week

Where can I exercise?

  • In my home
  • In my neighborhood
  • At a community center
  • In a class with others
  • With a private trainer or occupational therapist

Ideas for equipment or attire will you need?

  • Easy to move in clothing
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Weights
  • Bands
  • Music
  • A chair
  • Hearing aids
  • My dog and his leash

Assessing Health Status

Do you have:

  • Any current physical disabilities?
  • High blood pressure?
  • Elevated cholesterol?
  • Habits like smoking or drinking?
  • Arthritis?
  • Diabetes?
  • Family history of coronary or cardiovascular disease prior to age 50?
  • Medications you take that might contraindicate the type of exercise plan you are exploring?
  • Someone to support you in your goals?
  • The need for physical assistance to implement a new exercise or physical routine?

Orchard at Athens will provide a complimentary coaching session to discuss your health concerns to do with chronic disease.  Our luxury Senior Living is more than a residential building. Orchard is a community resource you can utilize for council and feedback about your goals, so please reach out to us!

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise For Seniors

This is a system of physical conditioning that improves your body’s ability to take in and use oxygen. Activities such as walking, hiking, jogging, swimming, and dancing, will stimulate heart and lung activity producing a benefit for your body.  The activity of choice must raise your heart rate (pulse) for at least 20 minutes and include at least three experiences a week is recommended. Aerobic exercise is calculated to be between 60 and 90% of your maximum heart rate. Maximum heart rate is an elusive number that can be determined using the formula:

220 – (your age) = Maximum Heart Rate (MHR).

Aerobic exercise is beneficial to your health because it:

  • Requires the pumping of oxygenated blood by the heart to deliver oxygen to working muscles.
  • Stimulates breathing rates to increase endurance.
  • Strengthens the heart and enables it to pump more blood with each beat.
  • Lowers risk for developing cancer, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
  • Can increase the burning of fat and carbohydrates by as much as 50%, in just a matter of weeks in response to consistent exercise.
  • Improves physical and mental health.
  • Adds to your social life by connecting you with friends and community

Tips For Seniors To Create An Exercise Habit

  • Make it fun
  • Create a routine
  • Keep it interesting and change it up
  • Wear good shoes
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water
  • Listen to music
  • Make sure you are rested
  • Exercise with others

And be sure to remember, if at any time while exercising you develop chest pain, pounding heart beats, or dizziness you should stop immediately and seek medical advice.

It is always a good idea to discuss exercise health and risk factors with your physician. Beginning at age 52, it is recommended to meet with your physician every year or two to discuss the prevention of disease risks and proactive health and well-being options.

Orchard at Athens believes moving is a key to well-being. Visit today and learn more about the many indoor and outdoor opportunities for staying healthy no matter the health condition you are struggling with.