September is Healthy Aging Month

Aging is an unavoidable process, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it get the best of you. Northeast Rehab is proud to participate in Healthy Aging Month! We’ll be sharing ways to stay healthy as you get older and fun factoids about the aging process.

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We treat patients of every age at Northeast Rehab and while there are different health risks associated with each age bracket, the main way to stay healthy is to stay active. Staying active builds key muscle groups, such as those that help stabilize us and prevent falls, and keeps our hearts, lungs and brains healthy. For younger patients, that means staying on track with growth and development. For older patients, this means preventing injury and cardiovascular diseases like Heart Disease and Strokes.

Here are some ways to stay active throughout all phases of life.

  1. Go for a bike ride
    1. Biking is a great, low-impact way to stay in shape. As we age, activities like running get tougher on our joints, which sometimes prevents people from getting the cardiovascular workout they need. Biking is kind on joints and allows us to exercise longer, without stopping because of aches and pains.
  2. Walking
    1.  Walking is another low-impact way to get exercise; with a rise in rail trails, it’s easier than ever to find an accessible and safe walking path near you.
  3. Try Yoga
    1. Yoga helps your joints and muscles stay flexible while strengthening your core muscles. By working these muscle, you can actually help prevent falls, as these muscles are used to stabilize the rest of your body. Yoga may also help with back problems by strengthening key muscles in the abdomen and lumbar, while promoting better posture.
  4. Finally, make sure you get enough Zzzzzzs
    1. While it may not be considered an exercise (unfortunately), sleep helps repair our bodies. Without it, we’re more prone to injuries and aren’t as alert, which may lead to  falls and motor-vehicle accidents.