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Five Ways Retirees Can Stay Active

Residents of Niagara’s Emerald Retirement Residence can tell you that there’s no shortage of fun things to do to stay fit and active there. As you age, you have to face the fact that you cannot do everything you used to do in your youth; however, this shouldn’t stop you from living your best life. You’re only as old as you feel, and for many seniors taking part in physical activities each day, age is just a number.

Participate in many of the same activities you’ve always enjoyed, with modifications that account for your specific abilities. Here are five ways to stay active during your retirement years.

1. Swimming

Whether you’ve always enjoyed aquatic activities or if you’re just getting your feet wet, swimming and aqua fit are great ways to get your body moving with minimal impact. One of the major benefits for seniors is that you can exercise in a pool without risking injury. Many find that regular swimming strengthens their muscles and improves their flexibility. Exercise is also great for your mental health. Some retirees feel lonely and isolated, so this is a great activity to do to brighten your mood. The Emerald Retirement Residence has an outdoor pool to enjoy in the good weather, and The Coronation Centre is just around the corner with an indoor pool. There are several other public pools in Niagara Falls and the surrounding areas where you can swim laps or splash in the shallow end.

2. Walking

The Niagara region doesn’t just have the famous falls, it’s also home to several walking trails and wooded areas. Getting outside for a nice walk can do wonders for your overall wellbeing. You might not be able to jog anymore, but walking can be just as good for your cardiovascular system. You don’t have to walk fast, or go that far to reap the benefits. For residents with dogs, make your daily walks beneficial for both of you. If the weather is bad, go for a walk indoors. Emerald has a fitness room with treadmills, so you can get your walk in, no matter what it’s like outside.

3. Stretching

Stretching is something that people of all ages can benefit from, but for seniors it can really improve your quality of life. As we age we lose joint flexibility, muscle elasticity, and bone density. While this is all part of the natural aging process, we end up feeling more aches and pains because of it. Stretching is a great way to alleviate that pain and prevent injury. Make stretching part of your morning and evening routines. Emerald Retirement Residence offers daily stretching classes. It’s a great way to start your day.

4. Outings and errands

Being active doesn’t have to mean playing sports or participating in activities. Getting out and doing regular, everyday stuff can be good for you as well. Instead of watching TV all day, get up and go shopping or out on an excursion. Emerald Retirement Residence offers residents several off-site excursions. Get on the provided bus and explore Niagara Falls! The activities calendar is packed with plenty of interesting things to join up for.

5. Volunteering and community involvement

Living in a retirement community is great because you can keep your independence while enjoying the comfort and luxury of communal living. Retirement means lots of rest and relaxation, but it also means having more time to devote to causes you care about. Volunteering is a great way to stay active, socialize, and do something you’re passionate about. It keeps your mind and body active. Some residents like to take care of the plants and many help out with the activities like bingo, crafts, cards and games.

If you’re interested in learning more about the activities and amenities offered at Emerald Retirement Residence give them a call http://emeraldresidence.ca/contact-us/ at 905-358-2500 or toll-free at 1-844-358-2500. Book a tour and see what a stress-free retirement looks like. Visit 5807 Ferry Street in Niagara Falls and speak to the friendly front-desk staff.

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