How to Stay Healthier as a Senior
According to outdoor specialists Drovers Inside and Out, having outdoor furniture to rest on is an ideal way for seniors to keep up their gardening habits. As you become older it is more difficult to keep up the amount of exercise you need to do to stay healthy and keep your muscle tone good. The trouble is that the less you do, the less you are able to do and the less you feel like trying to do it. That’s because once you stop it is not long before you become weaker – and the weaker you are the harder it is to enjoy exercise.
Benefits of gardening
It’s important to fight this feeling and keep on exercising and one way to do it is to have a garden you enjoy working in. Gardening is great exercise with gentle bending and lifting and the benefits of fresh air and sunshine. Many seniors get a great deal of pleasure from their gardens, but others find it more difficult to spend time working in the garden because they get tired and need to rest. Then once inside, they can’t be bothered going back out.
If that sounds like you, there are ways to keep you outside for that extra bit of time that will make the difference between keeping up your strength or not. That is to place comfortable outdoor seating all around the garden. That way you can sit down and rest when you need to without losing your enthusiasm for whatever gardening chore you were doing.
How to stay motivated
Simply being outside and seeing what needs doing in the garden will help to motivate you to keep on going. Before you know it an hour or more will have gone past and you’ll have made a big difference to the garden and to your health as well.
The outdoor chairs you purchase need to be comfortable without being too low, because it is difficult for some older people to get up from a low chair. There are many different kinds of outdoor chairs and you’ll get pleasure it choosing them as well as sitting on them. In fact, a few pot plants and an outdoor chair can rejuvenate an awkward corner of the garden very easily. You could add a water feature too, for additional pleasure while you are resting.
Can’t bend? Lift that garden up
Even if you find it difficult to bend over to weed and plant your favourite flowers, this doesn’t mean you have to give up gardening. There are many different kinds of raised garden beds you can potter in and looking after it will help to keep you fit. Even having pot plants sitting on an old table or chair will enable you to have a bit of interest in the garden without bending.
Being outside enables you to get extra Vitamin D from the sun and helps you to stay healthier and more active so you can enjoy life for longer.