Growing older is a badge of honor; much has been experienced and survived. There have been wonderful times and great tragedies; victories and failures. It’s been a life well lived.

Retirement Living is another stage in the life process. After taking care of others and a home for many years, it’s time to let go of some of those responsibilities. There are probably some health issues that need to be accommodated, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary to sit in a corner and let life pass on by.

Regular Exercise is Key to Being Able to Enjoy Life

As seniors, remaining as healthy as possible is key to being able to enjoy life to the fullest. Regular exercise has never been more important. It can be difficult to get enough exercise when living alone or even when living with family. Staying motivated to exercise can be challenging, and many people don’t really know how to exercise in order to obtain the maximum benefit. And let’s be honest, exercising alone isn’t much fun.

Choose a Retirement Community that offers Exercise Programs

Exercising with a group is fun. It’s OK to let go and act a little silly. Exercise programs centered on the needs of seniors can really make a difference in the quality of life. After a workout, whether it’s done from a chair in a sit and be the fit program, yoga or water aerobics (always a favorite), there’s a feeling of accomplishment. Being active physically, to whatever degree is possible, makes someone also feel more alert mentally. Blood pressure will likely improve, and diabetics really benefit from regular exercise. Doing nothing will inevitably lead to a decline in health.

Exercise Helps Fight Depression

Dealing with depression is a fact of life for many older people. Regular exercise releases endorphins and other “feel good” brain chemicals that help fight depression. The exercise also combats the effects of chemicals released by the immune system that tend to make someone feel more depressed. The social benefits of group exercise are also significant.

Orchard Crest Retirement Community in Spokane Valley, WA offers a wide range of weekly exercise programs. Retirement Living housing options are available for those who are able to live independently or who need assistance with dressing or bathing, etc. Stay healthy, participate in a wide range of activities and enjoy retirement living on your own terms.