It’s never too late to start getting fit and active

As we clock up life’s mileage in our legs the temptation is to sit down, take it easy, and fall in to the age only trap of ‘Start that next week’ or ‘Tomorrow’. Well from the time we got that first good slap on the backside from the midwife our countdown clock starts heading towards its conclusion. That is why it is so important to stay active in our senior years. Being active and having a health diet will add to our life span and health and wellness.

Our Kilkenny Recreational Sport Partnership is an incredible organisation that regularly organise events for the senior members of society

  1. Go for life games

The aim of the Go for Life Games is to involve older people in recreational sport. The emphasis of the Games is on participation and fun – played in a non-competitive way. For further information, call Seamus on 087 3567884 or email [email protected].

  • National KeepWell Initiative

As part of the National KeepWell Initiative, KRSP run online chair-based activities for older adults in nursing homes and in the community. These sessions are aimed to enable the older adult population of Kilkenny to stay active If you are interested in this programme area, please call Lauren on 085 8048137 or e-mail [email protected].

The following are few simply ways to stay active, stay healthy 

  1. Get moving

Many Seniors simply stop moving as much as they age.  Park further away from the store, take the stairs if possible, and even stand to do everyday tasks to engage your core and improve circulation, both important parts to avoiding falls in your older years.

  • Join a fitness class.

Senior centres across the country are offering yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and other low-impact fitness classes.  These methods are designed to improve posture and strengthen the body without damage to the joints Strength training not only prevents bone loss, but also may even stimulate new bone growth.  It also helps with balance and coordination, key elements in avoiding falls.

  • Find a younger friend.

A recent study found that post-menopausal women who spend one day a week caring for their grandchildren have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. While the reasons for the correlation are still under investigation, spending time with young people makes you feel young and vibrant.

  • Stay hydrated

Waiting to drink until you are thirsty means your body is already dehydrated.  Proper hydration keeps your body from overheating, helps with fatigue and light-headedness, and ensures your vital organs keep functioning through physical activity.

  • Keep doing things you enjoy doing

Sometimes we think just because we are older, we can’t continue to do the things we once loved.  If you enjoy cycling, keep cycling.  If you enjoy running, keep running. Your activities may need modification in order to keep doing them.

  • Look for ways to help & volunteer in your community

Kilkenny Volunteer Centre’s opportunities are ideal ways to stay fit and active.  Volunteering for from a few hours to a day or two.

  • Eat better

Many seniors experience a loss of appetite as they age, so it becomes even more important to ensure you are getting the maximum possible nutrients in every bite. Eating more colourful fruits and vegetables, cutting back on sugars, sodium, and saturated fats can have a profound impact on your overall health. That’s not to say you shouldn’t enjoy what you eat, just be sure you are getting high quality fuel first.

Simply teaching the mind to be aware of the present allows many seniors to feel connected to the world around them.  Thereby creating a sense of community with the world at large.

Whether you have always been active or are just getting started, it is important to discuss any exercise regimen with your doctor before beginning.  But remember, it is never too late to start getting fit and active

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