One of the keys to a healthy and happy retirement includes staying physically, cognitively and emotionally fit. While we might have set goals to achieve a dream retirement, struggles with health can greatly impact our success in achieving those goals.
Loss of strength and stamina is often seen as a function of the aging process but is actually caused in part by reduced physical activity. This tends to increase over time and by the age of 75, one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But when it comes to being active, it doesn’t need to be strenuous to achieve the right results.
There are many options if you would like to stay fit and keep in shape. Choosing activities that you enjoy will make it easier to maintain a routine.
Physical benefits of exercise for older adults
The advantages of staying fit, for both body and mind, are many. These benefits can include:
- Help in living independently and reducing the risk of falling and bone fractures.
- Lowering the risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers.
- Help to reduce blood pressure in some people.
- May help those with chronic conditions to improve their stamina and muscle strength.
- Can help control joint swelling and pain of arthritis.
Psychological benefits of exercise for older adults
Physical activity is also good for your emotional and mental health. A routine can help you sleep better, lead to sharper decision-making and judgment skills, and reduce stress and anxiety. Other positive impacts can include possibly improving cognitive function, such as your ability to shift more quickly between tasks. Exercise may also help boost your mood, reduce feelings of depression and provide higher energy levels.
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Retirement in the Wadsworth and Waukegan area: staying fit
If you’re considering retirement living in the Wadsworth and Waukegan areas, check out a few of your options for staying in shape.
Parks in the Wadsworth and Waukegan area
The Waukegan Park District includes two golf courses, dog parks, formal gardens, picnic pavilions, 34 playgrounds, five outdoor fitness exercise areas, tennis and pickleball courts, hiking and walking paths as well as a physical fitness course.
If you’ll be residing in Wadsworth, you might want to experience the Van Patten Woods which includes access to an oak forest, Sterling Lake and the Des Plaines River. There are five miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
The following are a few of the parks in the Wadsworth and Waukegan areas:
Fitness centers in the Wadsworth and Waukegan area
Take a look at a few of the fitness opportunities you can take advantage of:
Yoga in the Wadsworth and Waukegan area
If you’re looking for fitness options that include meditation, stretching or balance, these are a few possibilities:
Retirement in the Wadsworth and Waukegan area: fitness at Galloway Senior Living
If you’re ready to choose an activity-filled lifestyle that includes everything you need to maintain your physical and mental fitness, we think you’ll enjoy what Galloway Senior Living has to offer. Not only do we provide our residents with healthy and nutritious meals to fuel your energy, but you’ll find exercise programs and classes waiting right outside your front door.
We understand the importance of setting and meeting your wellness goals and offer a wide variety of opportunities to maintain fitness for both your body and mind. Whether you take part in our community games, attend one of our health workshops, participate in a group wellness activity or even take a gardening class, you’ll soon be seeing the benefits of engaging fully with life.
Retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois
Galloway Senior Living, locally owned and operated, provides luxury and quality care for families in our community.
Assisted Living at Galloway Senior Living offers beautiful and contemporary private residences that range from alcove studios to two-bedrooms and include high-end stainless-steel appliances, maple hardwood cabinets, cultured marble countertops and thoughtfully curated décor and colors.
Our Memory Care community offers a family kitchen, dining room, walking garden, and lounge.
Our services include:
- 24-hour certified nursing assistants, on-staff licensed nurses, medication management, and on-site physician visits
- COVID-19 safety protocols
- Assistance with daily tasks
- Readily available safe transportation
- A fall-reduction program
- In-unit emergency response systems including an electronic monitoring system for exit doors
- On-site entertainment and activities personalized to reflect the residents’ preferences
- Housekeeping and linen services including personal laundry
Amenities you’ll find at Galloway Senior Living include:
- Country Café and Convenience Store
- Salon and Spa
- Theater with 85” television
- Activity and Craft Center
- Game Room
- Library and Business Center
- Fitness Center
If you or your family is considering retirement living in Wadsworth, Illinois, we hope you will visit our community at Galloway Senior Living. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions.
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