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3 Heart-Healthy Activities

Updated: Jul 6, 2023


Two seniors that are hiking on a mountain.

The power of time is stronger than any other force in the universe. Nobody can harness it and nobody can stop it. This is true when it comes to the health of the body. Over time, the body succumbs to the aging process but luckily, there are things you can do to help slow this process which can include eating a balanced diet, taking supplements and exercising on a regular basis. As we get older, it is important to make the changes necessary to promote a healthy lifestyle for our retirement years.


You should always strive to optimize your body's overall health; however, the heart is one of the most important organs. It is the driving force that with every beat transports oxygenated blood throughout the entire body, so naturally, nurturing its health should always be one of your top priorities. Physical activity is one of the key components of maintaining a healthy heart at any stage of life. With that said, let’s go through some of the best activities that are perfect for your heart’s health.


1. Water aerobics

Water aerobics is one of the best exercise options for those who want to enjoy a slow and low-impact activity. It’s a type of exercise that is easy for seniors to participate in, and it comes with plenty of benefits, including – heart health, improved lung function, improved blood flow, and even reduced joint pain. You do not need to be especially skilled to enjoy this activity. To make things even better, if you participate in water aerobics regularly, you can start to see improvements in muscle strength due to the resistance the water provides, and it can provide you with the confidence to continue being physically active.


2. Dancing

You did not think we would skip an activity such as this one, did you? Well, dancing has been proven beneficial for people of all ages. So, whether you are 44 or 84, put your dancing shoes on and do your body a favor! It is an engaging form of physical exercise that engages several muscles at once and is incredibly fun and entertaining! According to some recent studies, a moderate amount of dancing on a weekly level may help prevent cardiovascular conditions and protect your heart's health.


3. Walking/Hiking

Finally, there is no better way to spend your day than being physically active outside! Enjoying nature comes with plenty of health benefits for the body, including breathing in the fresh air, experiencing the wonderfulness of the scenery that surrounds you, and keeping your body as engaged and active as possible. Depending on your abilities, you can either dedicate some time during the day to take a long walk around the nearest park or have some friends and family join you on an easy local hiking route. It is an excellent way for seniors to stay active, healthy, and happy! Enjoy the soothing effect of nature while lowering your stress levels, increasing your heart rate, and restoring full balance in the body.


It is important to remember that even when your body gets older, your mind doesn’t have to. Instead of living with a stigma that your days of physical exercise are over, change your perspective – your days have just begun! Keep optimal heart health for as long as possible, and enjoy every single day!

 

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