While there is something to be said for taking time to relax and put your feet up, too much sitting could be damaging to your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours a day sitting. Additionally, 20 to 35 percent of people spend 4 hours or more a day watching TV. All this time spent sitting has been linked to the development of health issues such as diabetes, cognitive decline, certain cancers, physical disabilities and a decrease in overall life expectancy.
While “sitting disease” is not an official diagnosis, is has been clinically linked to over 30 chronic conditions that result from leading a sedentary lifestyle. And, the effects this lack of activity have on our bodies only increases as we age. The good news is sitting disease can be avoided. For seniors age 65 to 74, reducing the time you spend sitting to less than three hours per day can reduce the effects of sitting disease and may even help you live longer.
The cold months of winter make it challenging for seniors to stay active, making spring the perfect time to take on a new activity to ensure you never stop moving.
Here are some spring activities for seniors that are perfect for warding off sitting disease:
Before you know it, the cold temperatures of winter will be back. Take time to enjoy the warm weather spring has to offer and get outside! You’ll feel happier and healthier for it.
At Western Home Communities, we offer a wide range of living options to ensure aging seniors have access to the services and care they need to live active, healthy, happy lives. From vibrant independent living to supportive assisted living and memory care, we work with seniors and their families to find the option that's right for them. Contact us today to learn more about our community options and to schedule a tour.