Staying active as we age can be difficult. The 2021 Senior Report from the United Health Foundation found that 31% of adults ages 65 and older in fair or better health were physically inactive. Only 23.1% of adults ages 65 and older met the federal physical activity guidelines.
This is a concern because regular exercise helps keep us healthy as we age.
Regular exercise in adults can reduce the risk of several health outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity and the development of diabetes. In addition, the CDC has reported that the loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is in part caused by reduced physical activity.
There is good news, however. The number of active older adults in the U.S. is rising and social support from friends and family has been consistently linked to regular physical activity.
The Value of Health and Wellness in Your Retirement Years
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) recommends older adults aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity. This type of activity includes walking, dancing and swimming. In addition, the ODHP recommends older adults do balance exercises — think yoga or pilates — and muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.
If older adults cannot do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week because of chronic conditions, they should be as physically active as their abilities and conditions allow.
Some of the benefits of daily physical activity, as outlined by the ODHP, include:
- Lowers your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer
- Improves your strength and balance so you can prevent injuries and falls
- Improves your mood and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improves your ability to think, learn and make decisions
All these benefits help older adults maintain the ability to live independently. That is why we encourage residents at Oak Trace to stay active year-round.
How Community Living Keeps You Active and Engaged
Being part of a retirement community comes with many health benefits. We provide residents with the means to achieve their fitness goals and remain active as they age.
Custom Fitness Plans to Help You Stay Active
Most senior living communities offer some type of fitness program. But a community committed to wellness will develop individualized fitness plans tailored to your abilities and interests. When you have a fitness plan that you enjoy, it is easier to keep motivated and stay active.
Easier to Eat Healthier, Well-Balanced Meals
Eating healthy is a challenge at any age. For many of us, access to fresh ingredients and a lack of cooking inspiration can be major hurdles. The best retirement communities offer nutritious, chef-prepared meals and healthy snacks. Daily dining experiences help add variety to your diet, and less time doing dishes means more time for pursuing your favorite hobbies.
Support From Other Residents Provides Motivation
Community life provides more opportunities for socialization, which brings many health benefits. Additionally, these same bonds you form with other residents can make exercise easier. There is a reason having a workout buddy is popular — they keep you accountable.
On-Site Activities Stimulate the Body & Mind
Many communities will also go above and beyond in the services and amenities they provide. Oak Trace has 40 acres of landscaped grounds for residents to explore. One of the more unique amenities we offer at Oak Trace is our fully equipped woodworking shop. Spaces such as this one allow residents to pursue their favorite hobbies or even pick up new ones.
How Residents Live Active Lifestyles at Oak Trace
Most adults over the age of 65 can exercise safely, even those with chronic conditions and mobility challenges. At Oak Trace, our on-site medical experts can help determine which exercises are right for your health and activity level. We take a holistic approach to resident wellness that encourages physical fitness, while nourishing your social, spiritual and intellectual well-being. This is the key to happiness and good health.
All residents can take part in a wellness review to explore their personal goals. Oak Trace residents have access to our on-site fitness center and group fitness classes. You’ll also love exploring our 40 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens, patios, ponds and walking paths.
The Oak Trace dining room serves delicious, chef-inspired meals three times daily, plus snacks. Vegetarian, gluten-free and other special diets are always accommodated. And of course we recognize the importance of the occasional cheat day as part of any good workout routine.
If you want to learn more about the health and wellness amenities available at Oak Trace in Downers Grove, Illinois, you can contact us using the form below or at 630-769-6100.