Staying Physically Active

Tip –There are many enjoyable ways to remain active.

In an article by the American Heart Association, it states, “There are many reasons why staying active is one of the best things you can do to keep your body healthy—no matter what your age. It can also improve your overall wellbeing and quality of life.”

“The idea is to move more and sit less. Every minute of moderate to vigorous activity is helpful. You don’t have to make big changes to see the benefits. Staying active helps delay or prevent chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging. You can start by building more activity into your day, one step at a time.” (American Heart Association,” Healthy for Good”)

We all know walking is a great way to get moving. There is nothing better than a nature ‘walk and talk’ with a friend. Senior Centers often offer exercise classes and trip opportunities. I have gotten hooked on Chair Volleyball, offered at the Blackfoot Senior Center. Each team has 6 players with the players sitting on chairs and volleying a beachball across a low net. People in wheelchairs love to
participate. We play twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 AM. Chair volleyball gives us the opportunity to stay active, have fun, and connect with friends, helping us to feel happier and less stressed. We welcome all who would like to join us!

In Southeast Idaho, every year Pocatello hosts the “Senior Games.” This is designed with the goal of staying active in mind! This takes place every July, and it includes a variety of competitive, friendly events you can choose to be a part of. Basketball, tennis, pickleball, and chair volleyball are just a few of them. Chair Volleyball was a new event last year in the Pocatello Senior Games and is
spreading to other Senior Centers in the area.

If you want to improve your quality of life—stay active. Consider finding something you enjoy, and like the Nike motto says: “Just do it.”

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Tom Packer is an Elder Law Attorney serving all Southeast Idaho. As part of his law practice, Tom offers Life Care Planning to deal with the challenges created by long-term illness, disability and incapacity. If you have a question about a Senior’s legal, financial or healthcare needs, please call us.

February 2024