As you age, taking care of your body becomes more important, and yet more
difficult as well. With aches and pains, low energy levels, and loss of
flexibility, it can be hard to motivate yourself to take up any significant
physical activity. Fortunately, physical activity doesn’t need to
be equated with a gym or strenuous exercise class. Over time, low-impact
exercises can have just as positive of an effect on your health as a rigorous
regimen. The best part? Working out is always better with a partner, so
we’ve compiled a list of exercises you can enjoy with your spouse!
1. Take Up Walking
Our pro tip? Start simple. If you and your spouse haven’t been very
active lately, walking is a fantastic avenue to further exercise, or a
healthy activity all on its own! Walking is low-impact, yet can still
get your heart pumping and build up muscle mass. It’s also easy
to track your and your spouse’s progress. Aim to increase your walking
time by a couple of minutes every outing until you can take a 60-minute
walk without stopping. If it’s beautiful outside, enjoy a relaxing
evening walk with your spouse. If it’s rainy outside, you have an
excuse for a window-shopping date at the mall! Consistent movement will
make huge differences in your health.
2. Dance the Night Away
If walking doesn’t suit your fancy, perhaps some groovy moves will.
Most communities have dance classes available either through a recreation
center or a local dance studio. This is not only a chance to build up
your health, but it is also a wonderful team-building exercise with your
spouse. Dancing has all the benefits of walking, but with a focus on coordination
and balance. Improving in these areas may prevent serious falls caused
by a lack of balance later on in life.
3. Become a Zen Master
Dancing is certainly not for everyone, but who couldn’t use a bit
of the stress relief associated with a low-impact exercise class? You
and your spouse can reap huge benefits from enrolling in a yoga, pilates,
or tai chi program. It’s not just for trendy folk anymore. Many
centers offer classes for older individuals that focus on improving flexibility,
strength, balance, and coordination. A majority of poses can be modified
for individuals with location-specific injuries, such as the back, arms,
or legs. For individuals who aren’t mobile at all, seated yoga classes
are also available in many areas. These classes are a great way for you
and your spouse to de-stress, relax, and even meet new friends!
4. Bike the Boardwalk
Living around Irvine means you are close enough to head out to the beach,
where bike rentals are commonplace. Weekends are filled with tourists
and locals alike enjoying the simple pleasure of cycling along a boardwalk
in good weather. Even if you don’t feel like trekking out to a nearby
boardwalk, riding a bicycle is still an excellent cardio exercise because
of its muscle toning capabilities and low impact on the joints. Cycling
also makes for a fun adventure with your spouse, whether just around the
neighborhood or along the coast. In inclement weather, check out a local
gym and use a few of their bicycle machines. Biking in a gym gives you
the option to read a book or watch a show while you work out.
5. Just Keep Swimming
Swimming allows you to condition your whole body with the least amount
of impact. For some, swimming laps might sound like an attractive exercise
option. For the rest of, pools still offer more interactive classes like
water aerobics or aqua jogging. Consistently attending these classes has
been shown to improve individual’s body composition and reduce their
lower back pain. You and your spouse can enjoy the social benefits of
these classes, as well as the physical benefits.
Take the First Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle
Before beginning any of these programs, it is important for you and your
spouse to consult a physician and make sure your safety and health is
made a priority. Many programs can be adapted to meet you at your starting
point and work with you to improve your overall health. Don’t let
age keep you from enjoying physical activity—instead, consider how
you and your spouse can become involved in an exercise program together!
Your next years could be your best.