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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Walk, run, and shuffleboard your way…to a happier, healthier you!


It sure has been a long, snowy winter out here in the northeast, but alas…the temperatures have started their upward crawl. The first signs of spring are upon us - the birds are chirping, the extra hour of sunlight is shining down - and finally…it’s that time of year again to get out and get active!
At Jensen’s we know you’ve got big plans for the next decade of your life and have one and only body to get you through all of those exciting activities. Especially in the years ahead, your happiness and health in retirement is key to staying active- so you can reduce stress, maintain a sharp mind and keep those muscles, joints and bones in top-notch shape.
Knowing the importance of a healthy lifestyle for our residents (and really anyone 55 and over), we went ahead and compiled a list of fun activities for every interest-type. Not only will these ideas get you moving, but participating in any of them will have you making new friends around your community, spending more time with your family, and truly feeling like a kid on a playground!
For the “Athlete”
            -Grab the old mitt, and have a catch with your grandchild
            -Organize a light game of touch football with your kids and neighbors
            -Dive into the community pool and get some laps in
            -Join an over 55 softball league
            -Get the guys together for a pick-up basketball game at a local park
            -Perfect that golf swing (and try walking- not carting- all 18 holes!)
            -Get a group together and go out for a night of old fashioned bowling
            -Show off your back-hand on the tennis court
-Get your friends together for a game of horseshoes and shuffleboard
For the “Gym Rat”
-Throw your head phones on and hop on the treadmill
-Flex your biceps with some free weights
-Climb your way to a healthier lifestyle on the stepper
-Take a zumba class
For the “Adventure Seeker”
            -Work those arms on a river kayak
            -Paddle around the lake in a canoe
            -Grab a walking stick and take off on a hike for the day
-Get a paddle boarding lesson at your local watering hole, and work that core
For the “Zen Master”
            -Get in touch with your inner self at a yoga class
            -Relax in your garden, planting flowers and herbs
-Enjoy a casual walk around the neighborhood with the dog (or someone else’s dog, for that matter)
            -Get a crew together at the pool for some group water aerobics
            -Tie on some rollerblades and glide yourself back to the 70’s


No matter what kind of activity makes you tick, the important thing is that you’re keeping your body moving- in whatever way you can. Remember, before embarking on your next surfing adventure though- or any physical activity that is- consult with your doctor about your plans. That way, you can both determine your physical capacity and shape your plans around what’s reasonable for you.
Now, go on! Shake off the winter and head outside. Breathe in the sweet, fresh air. Energize your mind and body. Get your blood flowing, get back into the game – and enjoy a happy, healthy retirement!

1 comment:

  1. Jensen neighbors! Whoever said being younger is better? Get inspired by checking out this incredible story about how these “older athletes” are truly excelling in their older age. No matter how old we are, this is simply proof that there are no limits to what we can accomplish physically!

    http://www.aarp.org/health/fitness/info-01-2011/masters-athletes.html

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