While research scientists continue to search for the equivalent of Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth,” experts in exercise physiology and gerontology agree that there might already be an ideal prescription for aging – physical activity and exercise.
Why Staying Active Is So Important
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) article, “Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging,” regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce numerous long-term health benefits. That's why health experts say that older adults should be active every day to maintain their health.
In addition, regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people age. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps those with high blood pressure, balance problems or anyone having difficulty walking.
"Exercise is an antidote to aging," says Barry A. Franklin, PhD, Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Laboratories at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.
The WebMD article, “Fitness for Life” offers similar advice, saying, “Get active. It's one of the best things you can do for yourself.”
A well-rounded exercise routine, as part of a healthy lifestyle, may help you avoid things like falls, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Experts say that many of the conditions people think are due to getting older, in fact, have more to do with not moving around enough.
The Most Useful Forms of Activity and Exercise
Experts tell us that the following activities represent the main types of exercise you want to get – at any age:
- Aerobic: Good for your heart and lungs – Increases your breathing and heart rate. Examples include brisk walking, jogging, swimming, biking, tennis and dancing.
- Flexibility and Balance: Helps prevent falls – Examples include walking up and down stairs, standing on one foot, yoga and tai chi.
- Strength Training: Promotes muscle and bone health – Examples include lifting weights and performing daily activities such as carrying a full laundry basket, carrying your smaller grandchildren or lifting things in the garden.
Before starting a regular exercise program, it is always advisable to talk to your health care provider.
Specific Benefits to Your Health and Well-Being
A report in the September 2014 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine showed that mature adults who “maintain or begin any type of physical activity appear to live longer and have a lower risk of disability.” Likewise, experts from the National Institutes on Aging (NIA) indicate that in addition to helping your fitness, stamina, balance, and muscle and bone strength, physical activity and exercise and can also:
- Improve your mood and help with feelings of depression or anxiety
- Maintain your thinking skills
- Make it easier to do the things you want to do
- Help prevent or treat diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, breast and colon cancer and osteoporosis
For all of these reasons, many retirement age people today are seeking a lifestyle that offers plentiful opportunities to stay active, engaged and healthy.
State-of-the-art Fitness, Pampering and Relaxation Awaits You
Scott Richardson, Senior Director of Resident Services, says, “If you’re seeking a retirement living experience that also offers multiple options for staying active and well, look no further than Williamsburg Landing. While most people have to travel to a 5-star resort to experience state-of-the-art fitness facilities, personal trainers, luxurious spa treatments and complete relaxation, we have it all waiting for you at our William A. Doig Health Club & Spa.
“Here you’ll find everything you need, specifically designed and staffed for older adults, including:
- A comprehensive fitness program based on your personal needs and goals.
- A cardio/fitness room featuring an electronic record keeping system and equipment designed for all fitness levels and abilities.
- A variety of group exercise classes.
- An Aquatic Center where you can work out in our warm-water pool with a lifeguard in attendance.
- Spa services that enable you to relax, release and rejuvenate with a full menu of massage and body treatments.
- Outside community members are welcome.
“We invite you to discover a retirement lifestyle just as you pictured it… the perfect place to call home.”
Welcome to Williamsburg Landing
Looking for a vibrant, engaging and fulfilling way of life? If so, you’ll find it at Williamsburg Landing.
Nestled on 137 wooded acres along the serene banks of College Creek in Williamsburg, Virginia, Williamsburg Landing is the premier, not-for-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), serving Williamsburg and surrounding areas since 1985. With one visit, you’ll understand what makes Williamsburg Landing so special.
Williamsburg Landing is an ideal blend of beautiful landscaping and elegant, Colonial architecture. It invites residents to become part of its vibrant, active lifestyle and rest assured in its award-winning medical care. It eases worries with maintenance-free homes and apartments with resort-style amenities and services. The community thrives with energetic, involved and friendly people who love to live here and the warmth of dedicated, committed professionals who love to work here.
With a past rich in tradition and a future filled with promise, Williamsburg Landing is the perfect place to call home – for today and tomorrow.