It is quite typical to lose muscle mass and overall strength as we age. We also tend to get fatigued more quickly and also tend to get injured more easily. For those reasons, many seniors simply stop being active. However, this can quickly become a downwards spiral - the less active we are, the more we lose strength and mobility, which in turn discourages us from being active and so on, all the while increasing our risk of injuries and falls.
For this reason, it is important to remain active as we age. “Being active” doesn’t necessarily mean running a marathon; in fact, many exercise programs are tailored specifically to seniors. These activities aim to practice mobility, balance, and coordination. These aspects are important to prevent falls as well as preserve mobility. Ultimately, we want to maintain our independence well into our golden years.
Here are some great activities that act on those goals: