Wellness for Active Aging

What do you think of when we say active aging?

Perhaps walking, staying physically active, exercising? All amazing, and very important, as you continue on in years to remain well and able to sustain your daily activities. In fact, here are a few exercises that can be done anywhere to keep you moving throughout your day.

Walking: Start where you are, even if that's just five minutes a day, and work up to 30 minutes a day five days a week. It's the most simple form of exercise, yet incredibly powerful.

Sit to Stands: Start from a seated position on the edge of your chair, knees stacked over ankles. Shift your weight forward to lift your hips to standing. Return to a seated position and repeat.

Calf Raises: Come to stand with your hands to a wall or table to support your balance, with your feet hip width distance. Lift your heels from the ground to rise onto your toes of both feet, then lower your heels back down to the ground and repeat.

Seated Twist: Sit tall in your chair, then take your left hand to the outside of the right thigh. Take your right hand to the back of your chair and twist to your right side, maintaining a tall spine the entire time. Gaze can move over your right shoulder. Hold for about 30 seconds, switch sides and repeat.

And now that we've discussed the obvious aspect of active aging - daily exercise and movement - how about some factors that are less obvious in the process. For example, nutrition.

In fact, as we age our bodies utilize nutrients differently, highlighting the importance of nutrition when it comes to active aging. Like all stages in life, it is important to have a balanced diet, incorporating all five food groups (Proteins, Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Dairy or Dairy Alternative). However, nutrients that need more focus when we age, either