SUPERJEAN at 86, jogging four laps in her local park at 7.30a.m when most of you are still at sleep.
At Super Seniors we know that you want to be fit, strong and independent individual. In order to do that, you need to stay active but the problem is social distancing which may make you feel guilty and unsure if you should leave your house. We believe this ought to make some older generation feel more stressed isolated.
Are you sitting at home feeling isolated with nothing to look forward to?
If so here are a few suggestions that might help to alter your outlook.
Let’s call it a recipe for a perfect day.
Leaving the house for exercising.
Find a local green space where you can commune with nature. This is well known to be very therapeutic.
On days when you plan to exercise, follow a set routine.
Get up early. It is easier to maintain social distancing when there are fewer people about.
Get dressed in your preferred exercise kit that you have laid out the night before. Take gloves since it can be chilly first thing.
Aim to leave the house as soon as the park opens.
Don‘t stop for breakfast. Have a cuppa if you must, but your appetite will be much better after your chosen activity.
This could be walking at a comfortable pace with or without poles, jogging or cycling if this is allowed. If you take the dog along, keep it under control.
Carry a water bottle at all times.
The early birds tend to be the same every time you set out.
Don‘ stop to chat. A smile or wave of recognition forms a bond between those of like mind.
Look out for excited dogs and give way to passers by as necessary.
Set yourself achievable goals. Don‘t over do it. In order to remain active and independent, exercise safely and responsibly.
Listen to your body. It will soon let you know when it has had enough.
It is possible to walk every day but more strenuous activities e.g.jogging, perhaps every other day.
If you can’t leave your house try some breathing exercises, stretching and mobility for a better flexibility also recommended for a better blood circulation for the day ahead, If you head over superseniorsfitness.com you can access our free guide, it will take you through exact steps on what to do to stay active at home.
Remember that walking to the shops and carrying the food also counts as exercise.
The benefits include improved metabolism and a general feeling of well being.
Quite an achievement! Who knows, once started, we may continue exercising once things get back to normal.