Tips to Staying Fit After 60!

“You don’t look 60 at all!” If you are like most individuals over the age of 60, these words are music to your ears. You are overjoyed every time someone asks you for your senior citizen card instead of simply assuming you are old enough for a discount, and you love the shocked look on other’s faces when you reveal your true age.

Staying fit after 60 is more than just looking great, though. It’s about having a healthy mind, body, and spirit. With a little help at home from skilled nursing care, this isn’t too difficult to obtain, but it does require a bit of effort. The effort is well worth it, though, because by keeping active and eating healthy, you can live a long productive life.

  As the old saying goes ‘If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.’

One of the most important steps in staying fit is exercise.. There’s just no doubt about it!

When you exercise regularly, you can build muscle tone, increase blood circulation, build bone density, increase stamina, and better your overall health.

If you aren’t sure where to start, consider these tips.

  • Walk- One of the best ways to exercise after age is 60 is walking. It gets your blood pumping and raises your heart rate, allowing you to strengthen both your muscles and your cardiovascular system. Take a walk around your neighborhood, but don’t overdo it. Start out slowly and increase the distance you walk over time. If you need some motivation, ask your private home care aide to take a walk with you. Once you get used to walking, consider carrying small dumbbells or weights with you to increase the intensity of the exercise.
  • Sitting Exercises- If you don’t enjoy walking, don’t worry. There are plenty of exercises you can engage in from a sitting position. Try lifting your legs up together and holding them briefly out in front of you. Count thirty seconds and then lower them back to the ground. Lift your arms up over your head and then lower them back down to your side. Use weights to make these exercises more difficult, but be sure only add weights to your exercise regimen after your have become used to the exercises. Also, use them only when you have help at home, just in case you hurt yourself.
  • Gym- If you find that your workout routine is difficult to master, consider joining your local gym. A personal trainer will be able to design a workout routine specifically for you, helping you to remain active and accountable, and you’ll even make new friends. Gyms also allow you to take part in many different types of exercises, so if walking isn’t your forte, you can swim, bike, or take a yoga class.

Feed Your Body

At age 60, your body runs a bit differently than it used to. Depending on how you took care of your body earlier in life, it might have already succumbed to years of abuse from greasy foods, alcohol, and sweets. However, it’s never too late to turn things around. By starting a healthy diet with the help of skilled nursing care, you can ensure your body is happier and healthier.

  • Bone up on calcium- After age 50, women start losing a significant amount of calcium from their bones. Calcium can easily be obtained from both supplements and foods, such as dairy products. Speak to your private home care aide today about adding more calcium rich foods to your meals.
  •  Bulk up on Fiber- Concerned about gaining weight as you grow older? Try adding more fiber to your diet. Fiber keeps your digestive and elimination system running like it should and keeps you feeling full for longer periods of time. Fiber can also help lower cholesterol levels, prevent colon cancer, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Remember Your Calories- As you grow older, your need for energy begins to diminish as your activity level does. While you still should be exercising regularly, you may find you don’t require as many calories each day. If you continue to consume the same amount of food as you did when you were 40, you may find yourself packing on a few extra pounds. If you are unsure how many calories you are consuming each day, start a calorie journal. Have your private home care aide assist you in keeping track of your food intake, as well as the amount of exercise you are engaging in. This will give you an idea of where improvements can be made. Don’t simply count calories though. Instead, be sure the foods you are consuming are healthy, fresh, and preservative free.

 If you want to look and feel your best as you grow older, make sure you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

We’ve found a set of wonderful videos from Stronger Seniors that are super for strength and balance. You can check them out on right here!

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Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN

Joyce Berk, RN, BSN, MSN has over 30 years of experience in health care administration, with 26 years dedicated to clinical and financial oversight of various home health organizations, including Medicare, hospice and private operations. After beginning her home health career with private home health care in Sarasota, Joyce served as Vice President and the Chief Operations Officer for a multi-site, multi-state, Medicare and Private home health organization in regions of the US. She then became Vice President of Clinical Operations of one of the country’s largest hospice operations located in the Tampa area. Prior to leading Help At Home’s private initiative, Joyce initiated multi-site start-up home care operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and licensure, with a strong focus on customer service. Most recently, she held the position of Chief Compliance Officer with concentration on quality improvement of a large Florida based Medicare multi-site organization.

Joyce received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Master’s in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. There, she a assumed a faculty and administrative role and later received Hospice Administrator Certification. Her educational background, years of broad-based home care leadership with emphasis on continual improvement and customer service qualifies her to lead Help At Home Homecare in becoming an exceptional provider of private home care services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Lee and Collier Counties.

Joyce lives in Sarasota with her husband, has three grown daughters and seven grandchildren.