By : Kandace Heller
The science is in, and it is readily evident that seniors can be healthy, active and happy. It pretty much comes down to genetics, nutrition and exercise. There is not a whole lot that can be done about genetics, but proper nutrition and exercise are wholly in the hands of every senior citizen. Diet can be changed over time, and fun and safe exercises can be started today. Even arthritis is not an excuse to not get moving. There are over a hundred forms of arthritis. For almost every single one, the prescription is to keep on moving!
At the top of the list for fun and safe activities that promote building strength and range of movement is swimming. Most cities have a public or private swimming facility that is open year round. Check local gyms, community centers and hospital-associated healthy living and exercise centers. Take a senior swimming class to be safe in and around the water. If you need more one on one help, find a private adult swimming coach. This low-impact exercise works even for those with painful joints and difficulty walking.