Forget New Year’s resolutions. If the activities you resolve to do aren’t fun, chances are you’ll give them up.
Fortunately, there are some great activities you may want to try (or try again) that are fun and good for you. Getting up and staying active can help you feel better, stay healthier and maintain your mobility and independence. If you’re ready to make 2016 a great year, here are five fun activities you can start today!
Taking on new activities doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, tai chi is a proven antidote to stress—and it’s practiced by nearly 250 million people worldwide. This activity requires no special clothes or equipment and can be done most anywhere, making it a perfect exercise at any age. Tai chi engages multiple muscle groups, while also promoting relaxation, flexibility, joint control and balance. In fact, a study by the Oregon Research Institute found evidence that tai chi improves functional balance and physical performance—and reduces the risk of falling! Just be sure to discuss any mobility concerns with your instructor before beginning a tai chi program.
Believe it or not, the act of walking provides major health benefits, especially in terms of maintaining mobility and independence. Compared to other activities, it’s relatively easy, and it doesn’t create a great deal of stress on your joints or back. Walking can help burn fat, strengthen the heart and bones, and help ward off Type 2 diabetes.
Like tai chi, walking is a convenient activity because it can be done most anywhere—in a mall, on a track or neighborhood street, even on a nature trail (don’t forget to grab your all-terrain HurryCane®!). Plus, it’s something you can do alone or with friends and family.
Dancing is another fun activity that can help improve your health and lift your spirits. Research has shown that dancing can reduce stress, alleviate anxiety and help fight insomnia. It’s also great for alleviating knee and hip discomfort. According to a Saint Louis University study, seniors participating in a 12-week, low-impact dance program were able to move around more easily and reduce pain medications by 39 percent. Another study found dancing helps ward off dementia, with seniors who danced regularly reducing their risk of developing dementia by 76 percent.
Riding a Bike
Cycling is another exercise that puts minimal impact on your joints. Often, people who experience joint pain while walking are able to ride a bike comfortably because it isn’t a weight-bearing activity. Multiple gears allow you to ride on a variety of terrains with minimal effort. Plus, riding a bike allows you to go farther than you might when walking, so you feel like you’re accomplishing more immediately. Being able to cover more ground not only boosts your confidence, but it also makes the experience more enjoyable as you can see more of the neighborhood, bike trail, etc. Biking is also an excellent means of losing weight and staying fit, and it can be done with a group of friends!
Not every activity has to revolve around exercise. Sometimes, just getting out and lending a hand to your fellow man can make you feel like a million bucks. Volunteering allows you to stay involved in causes and activities that are near and dear to your heart, while also staying active both socially and physically. There are even national programs, such as the Senior Corps, that can help you find a place to help out!
Staying active not only keeps you fit, but it also keeps you happy! If you need a hand maintaining stability in your daily activities, get the HurryCane® today. It’s the number one selling cane in America! Pick one up today and start taking steps to make 2016 a great year!
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