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How You Can Exercise Every Day

How You Can Exercise Every Day

You’ve probably heard various approaches to fitness. Some people say “no pain, no gain,” while others seem to think that unless you’re in the gym every day, you’re not really exercising. The fact is, you should find the wellness and activity plan that works best for you. Luckily, there are many ways to get into an activity that will keep you feeling healthy and happy.

The first step is to shift your focus about what physical exercise really is. Some active seniors stay perfectly fit without ever stepping foot inside a health club. Use this advice to find creative ways to stay fit.

Know the Benefits

Doctors say there are plenty of benefits to daily activity. You could:

  • lose weight
  • prevent or reduce the impact of chronic disease and illness
  • improve mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • just generally feel more energized

In addition, you could sleep better, get a confidence boost, improve brain function, and more.

Still, some people dread the idea of exercise and general wellness. That’s likely because they haven’t yet found activities that match their interests. At our senior centers throughout Volusia County, you’ll find a wide variety of options to keep your mind and body sharp every day. That includes line dancing, walking groups, balance and stability, painting and watercolors, Mahjong, and more.

Plus, if you or a loved one needs a helping hand around the house, we offer senior care services to make your life easier. Contact us for more information at (386) 253-4700 x 225.

Embrace the Challenge

Daily physical activity is about much more than just working up a sweat. In fact, researchers with the Archives of Internal Medicine say the death rate for active seniors is 75 percent less than for those who don’t get any movement at all throughout the day.

When you focus on activity, you make normal tasks easier. That includes yard work and even personal maintenance like showering, dressing, and eating. That means you’ll be less dependent on others, which gives you greater freedom.

Plus, it’s easy to get a nutritious meal when you make a reservation to eat at our Ormond Beach senior center or any one of our other dining sites throughout Volusia County. As a bonus, you’ll also enjoy pleasant conversation with like-minded people.

Find Your Fit

Health experts say it’s more likely that you’ll stick with exercise when you find options that you actually enjoy and will actually commit to at least a few times a week. The good news is that there are plenty of choices. That includes swimming, cycling, tennis (or pickleball), golf, walking, and much more.

If dancing is your thing, dust off your shoes and join our Ormond Beach dance classes. We also host other activities at our senior centers throughout Volusia County. That includes yoga and meditation, card games, NSB Bingo, music, and language classes. Browse the event calendar on our website (www.coavolusia.org) or call us for more information at (386) 253-4700 x 225.

See the Total Picture

You might be fully on board with getting and staying active in 2019, but aren’t sure just how to get started. Thankfully, it’s easy to begin your path to improved overall wellness. The first step is to visit the Council on Aging location nearest to you. Here, you’ll find a wealth of activities you can enjoy with like-minded people who share your same interests.

For instance, at our Deltona senior center (and other sites throughout Volusia County) you can:

  • join dance groups (ballroom and line dancing)
  • play popular games (including Mahjong, Bingo, Bunco, Bridge, and board games)
  • enjoy music
  • learn a new language
  • paint (watercolor, acrylics, and oil)
  • get expert advice on how to use your iPad or iPhone
  • and more

A full list of activities is available through our website (www.coavolusia.org). Our friendly and knowledgeable staff members are also on hand to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us at any time, and take the next steps toward a happier and healthier you. 

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