It’s a message we preach often but it is something that a lot of retirees just ignore. Staying fit is just as important now as it was in our younger years. Whilst we’re probably no longer working towards that perfect beach body (a body that goes to the beach is just fine, thank you), exercising now has a whole range of benefits and there’s no need to frequent the gym to stay active either.
Before we start, there are two major things we should mention. Firstly, we’re not as young as we used to be. It should go without saying that there are just some things we aren’t able to do as well as when we were younger. We recommend speaking to a doctor to help manage any health issues and tailor your exercises from there. The second thing - exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Make exercises a social event, bring your friends along and use it as an opportunity to catch up.
Here are our favourite daily exercises that you can work into your everyday life at Ormiston Rise.
We recommend doing this one before doing any exercise. Stretching will help prevent any injuries during more strenuous exercises but will also help with back pains, posture and arthritis. We have a weekly fitness class that we run every Monday where our in house professional can help you find the best stretches for you but small static exercises are generally pretty safe and easy to do in the comfort of your own home.
This one is simple really, grab your comfiest joggers and find your favourite spot to go for a walk with a friend. Whether it’s just a lap around the Ormiston Rise community or a walk along the water it doesn’t have to be anything too over the top, just start with what is comfortable and work your way up from there.
Yoga has a range of benefits including encouraging ‘functional mobility’, flexibility and helping you stay relaxed. There are various levels of difficulty here but we’d recommend taking a look at the web at a few different moves you can do to start and working your way up from there – taking a class won’t hurt at all either.
It’s a different take on exercise but you’ll love the time in the great outdoors and you’ll be able to soak up the Vitamin D from the sun. Gardening is great for those that have arthritis and will help reduce stress. If you set up your own little vege garden you can save money as well. All of our Villas have room for small gardens on the back patio, but if you’re looking for something a little more we’ve also got a community garden if you want to completely embrace your green thumb. Make sure you stay sun safe!
Heading to your local pool and doing a few laps or even joining a water aerobics class is perfect for just about anyone. It’s gentle on joints, will help increase your stamina and improve your flexibility and strength. Plus in the summer the cool water is a welcome change.
This doesn’t mean you’ll need to buy a gym membership and start up bench press either. You can start by doing small exercises like wall push ups or ‘sit backs’, or if you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can head down to the local shops at Cleveland Central and pick up a small handheld dumbbell pack (you won’t need anything heavier than 5 kg) or resistance bands to help expand your repertoire of exercises. Feeling thrifty? You can use things from around the house like milk bottles or potatoes in shopping bags.
Most importantly, we recommend doing something that you enjoy to make exercise seem like less of a chore and more as something to look forward to!
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