Gardening for Health: Seniors and the Joy of Cultivating 

The weather this time of year in Southwest Georgia is just perfect—not too hot yet but not cold either. It’s the perfect time to get outside and prune, plant, and play in your garden or yard. Not only is gardening great for your body, it’s also great for your mind. In this article, we’ll go over how the simple act …

Impact of Exercise on Heart Health

Approximately 75 percent of people over 60 have cardiovascular disease, and the risk only increases with age. We all know we need to take care of our hearts, but it’s often easier said than done. Exercise is a key component of a healthy heart, but it can be difficult to find the time, and for older adults, it can feel …

Exercise for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Exercise is often one of the lifestyle factors listed as a way to help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia, but more and more evidence is showing exercise may also help those already living with the disease and may even slow or reverse some symptoms. In this article, we’ll go over six benefits of exercise for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Source

Exercise and Stress Reduction

Stress is just a natural part of life, and it’s becoming more and more common. Nearly one in five seniors suffers from mental disorders and stress is one of the most common issues affecting older adults. Stress can be very damaging though, as it’s linked to a higher rate of things like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and …

Stay Motivated to Exercise

Exercising regularly is one of the biggest components of a healthy lifestyle and that is especially true as we age. Exercise helps our physical and mental health, improves sleep, gives us more energy, and helps lower our risk of many chronic conditions. However, it can be hard to stay motivated to exercise, especially as an older adult, which is why …

Tips for Incorporating Walking into Your Daily Routine

Just 30 minutes of walking each day can increase your cardiovascular fitness, strengthen your bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost your muscle power and endurance. Regular walking can also reduce your risk of things like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. However, your life is busy already, and it can be hard to find the time …

Exercises for Healthy Aging

As we get older, we lose some of our physical ability and strength. While this is a natural part of aging, it can increase the risk of falls and other adverse events, and it can make it hard just to do your daily activities. Luckily, regular exercise is a great way to combat this, and regular exercise can also benefit …

Pickleball for Seniors

Pickleball is an increasingly popular paddle sport, similar to ping pong or tennis, and one of the fastest growing areas of the sport is pickleball for seniors. It’s an easy to learn game, and you don’t have be an expert to play it and have fun.   If you’re having a hard time imagining how a game like tennis might be …

Two women ride indoor exercise bikes.

Indoor Exercise

We all know we need exercise, but if you don’t have indoor equipment, the thought of a walk or bike ride outside in July in South Georgia likely doesn’t sound appealing or even safe. It can be easy to give up and forgo exercise–telling yourself you’d only do it if you had a pool to go swimming in, if you …

Senior citizens enjoy water aerobics at a local YMCA.

Benefits of Swimming

Swimming isn’t just a great way to cool off in the South Georgia heat, it’s also a great exercise option for older adults. You also don’t have to have your own pool to enjoy it. Many YMCAs and community centers have pools you may be able to use. In this article, we’ll go over the benefits of swimming for seniors. …