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Working in a Little Extra Exercise

It’s an easy habit to label one’s regular chores as exercise for the day, but the fact of the matter is that we should be continually improving and expanding upon our exercise routines to increase circulation, cardiovascular fitness, and general wellbeing.

The case is no different for aging adults, but the potential for modifying daily schedules in seniors well-adjusted to independent community living can be extremely advantageous.

Try experimenting with the following routine modifications to add a little extra exercise to your day:

  1. Establish firm short-term goals, and reward yourself for achieving them. This may be as simple as taking an extra walk through the garden or around the pond in exchange for a favorite fruit of healthy snack afterward.
  2. Incorporate social elements into your exercise. It’s much easier to extend a daily stroll when discussing a good book with a walking buddy.
  3. Trade television time for time at the fitness center. Sure, it’s relaxing to unwind during the nightly news, but spending some time at the community fitness center in the evening will yield much more restful sleep.
  4. Purchase a pedometer, and keep track of your activity. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the ambiguity of exercise. Seeing real numbers helps justify the activity.
  5. Don’t skip daily meals. Exercise can be hard enough at times. By incorporating all of your meals into your day, especially breakfast, one can be sure that the body’s required energy for exercise is ready when the activity comes.

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.

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