Here you go — another reason to celebrate in September! Not only do the kids go back to school, the air turns cooler (even crisp some mornings) and this week we celebrate Active Aging!
Active Aging Week, sponsored by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), is held the last full week of September each year. It’s a time to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, particularly to “older adults” over age 50.
The ICAA says active aging involves:
Individuals who live life as fully as possible within the dimensions of wellness (physical, spiritual, cognitive/intellectual, social, emotional, professional/vocational, environmental) embrace the active-aging lifestyle.
Sounds pretty good to me.
For Active Aging Week 2010, the ICAA is encouraging older adults to practice being active your way. Enjoy walking? Tack on an extra lap around the block for good measure this week. Love playing with your kids or grandkids? Chase them around the backyard for an extra 10 minutes (as always, know your limitations – don’t push so hard you become out of breath or otherwise exhausted). Need some more suggestions? Check out this handout from the ICAA on getting active!
If you prefer working out in a class, the FMH Wellness Center has plenty of options this fall (PDF). We even have classes specifically designed for older adults, like Senior Yoga and Easy Tai Chi/Qi Gong. Want to get 20% off the cost of all of our exercise classes at the Wellness Center? Consider joining FMH Select!, a group for adults 55+ offering a wide variety of health and wellness programs as well as fun social events.
Worried about getting active due to your medical history or a current condition? We can help with that, too. FMH Medical Fitness is similar to your typical gym — but our staff of nurses and degreed exercise physiologists are there to make sure you’re safe (first and foremost) and getting the most out of your workout.
Physical activity is vital to maintaining your health, but it’s important to remember your brain needs exercise, too. The ICAA has a list of 10 brain exercises, which is a great place to start. The fact is, life is full of brain teasers — challenge yourself to find and solve them!
A few more brain-teasing sites: