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Fifteen Minutes for a Lifetime of Health

2014-10-22 |

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As you age, it’s important to stay active, whether it’s going for a walk or just playing with your grandchildren. Here are a few easy activities you can do for just fifteen minutes a day to make a big impact on your health.

Extend Your Reach

Stretching from five to fifteen minutes a day is a small way to get great health benefits. Stretching everyday will help you maintain mobility and decrease risk of falls as your body naturally becomes weaker. Stretching daily will improve overall blood circulation and improve joint pain. Not only will stretching keep your muscles and joints flexible, but it will also help with relaxation as well.


Go for a Stroll

Walking for fifteen minutes a day is one of the best things you can do for your health. It reduces the risk of a multitude of diseases, including: heart disease, colon cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hypertension. Walking is also an easy way to gradually lose weight for seniors, which can delay or prevent Type 2 diabetes. If you already have Type 2 diabetes, walking can improve your muscles’ ability to store blood sugar, allowing you to have more control over your glucose levels.


Time to Climb

Taking the stairs contributes significantly to the thirty minutes of exercise recommended per day. Studies show risk of cardiovascular disease is lowered in seniors that climb stairs. Leg strength and aerobic capacity are also increased with repeat stair climbing.

The Gardens of Wilbraham has a variety of exercise programs designed with your good health in mind.  Check them out on our monthly calendar.

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