• How older adults can get fit

    If the health benefits of exercise could be packed into a pill, countless seniors would consider taking it. Unfortunately, that would mean missing out on one of the most attractive perks of working out —having fun! Exercise gets a bad reputation for being boring and repetitive, but the truth is that working out can be just as invigorating and engaging as you want it to be. Here at Southern Hills Hospital, it’s the mission of our orthopedic, stroke and geriatric specialists to help older adults enjoy great quality of life. Let us know how we can help you get active.

    Try Wii fitness games

    Videogames are usually a sedentary activity enjoyed by youth—but not when it comes to Wii fitness games. Nintendo Wii is designed specifically to get people up and moving. With the handheld console, you can play simulated games like the following:

    • Yoga
    • Skiing
    • Bowling
    • Tennis
    • Baseball
    • Golf
    • Fishing
    • Archery
    • Swordplay

    As you can see, there’s a Wii game to suit everyone’s interests. As an added bonus, playing Wii games together with your grandkids is a great way to develop closer relationships.

    Strength train with your groceries

    If you’d rather not purchase a gaming system, you can use what you already have in your home to build muscle strength. You can use pantry items to do bicep curls and overhead presses. Start with something lighter, like cans of vegetables, before moving on to heavier objects like half-gallon water jugs.

    Consider talking to a physical therapist or fitness trainer before you start. It’s important to use proper form to prevent injuries while strength training .

    Learn martial arts

    Martial arts can be fun for all ages. Consider joining a low- or non-contact martial arts class like Tai Chi, Qigong, Bagua or Hsing-I.

    These are the internal martial arts. This means they focus on cultivating mental strength. With their rhythmic, dance-like movements, these martial arts can help you develop:

    • Balance
    • Coordination
    • Physical stability
    • Lower body strength

    Check your local senior center or community center for martial arts classes designed for adults.

    For the compassionate, patient-focused care you deserve, you can put your trust in Southern Hills Hospital . We are a leading provider of superior orthopedic care, stroke care, geriatric psychology and emergency care for patients of all ages in the Las Vegas area. You can speak with a member of our dedicated nursing team by calling (702) 916-5023.

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