After spending a lifetime working hard to eke out an existence for yourself and your family, after keeping yourself healthy for all these working years and also to see your children and perhaps even grandchildren graduate from school, you know that retirement does not mean that you will suddenly spend the rest of your life in a rocking chair. Furthermore, because of the advanced health care system, you will most likely live much longer than even the generation before you. Who will keep you healthy? Whose advice can you rely on to keep you active even as your body ages? The answer might surprise you: your chiropractor is ready to help you with treatment and advice to ensure that you will be enjoying the golden age in good health.
Chiropractors know that it is tempting for seniors to become content with simply sitting out exercise and thus gradually allow their physical health to go by the wayside. Instead, they seek to actively encourage seniors to continue exercising, and if they have never been big on exercise in the first place, the chiropractor will want you to know that it is never too early to start. Granted, exercises need to be modified to suit the age of the senior as well as the level of capabilities. Yet advanced age is absolutely no reason to stop your fitness regimen. Here is some chiropractic advice for seniors:
- Understand why exercise is so healthy for you. It is not enough to have someone tell you that you need to exercise if you do not in your heart of hearts agree.
- Do not fall into the trap of believing that you have to join a gym in order to get started, instead, you will be able to enjoy healthy exercises by doing simple stretches. These stretches will prevent your ligaments from growing shorter and they are quite easy to do. Sit on the floor and bend your legs to the side on at a time. Do not worry if you cannot stretch as far as perhaps your neighbor or best friend; if you stay with the regimen, you will find that with time you will be able to stretch further and further.
- Did you know that you can even stretch while you are watching television? Simply sit on a pillow in front of the television in a criss-cross seat. That is all!
- Walk to your heart’s content! Chiropractors point out time and again that walking is the best kind of exercise as long as you follow a few simple guidelines, such as purchasing a good walking shoe and replacing it whenever it becomes too worn to effectively cradle your foot and keep it and your ankle safe. As you begin a walking regimen, do not overdo it! Instead, start out slow and with short distances and gradually work up to longer time periods and also greater distances.
Make certain that you keep in good contact with your chiropractor. If you find that your exercise is causing you to experience pain – whether back pain or neck pain – it is imperative that you document the time and causation of the occurrence so that your chiropractor will be able to not only help your aching back to feel better, but to also help you find ways of ensuring that you will no longer do things in such a manner as to experience such pain.