WALK ON: The importance of staying active at any age.
WALK ON: The importance of staying active at any age. Cecilie_Arcurs

Why it's important to remain active

EXERCISING and remaining physically active is very important for our overall health.

Not only does it help our muscles grow stronger and helps to maintain or strive towards a healthy weight, it also often gives people the opportunity to go out in the sun and get some vitamin D.

There are also many ways to exercise nowadays in a leisurely way, with sports ranging in all kinds of physical activity levels, from fast-paced soccer and rugby to even something as fun as ping pong.

However, sometimes people aren't as fortunate to be able to participate in a range of physical activities, whether it be restraints from disabilities or injuries.

With this in mind, here are some activities that can be used for a range of people facing physical limitations.

1. Swimming

This is a low-impact exercise as, once you're floating in the pool, the water can help carry any weight that would normally straight your injuries during physical activities.

This is why hydrotherapy is so popular, as people can build up their muscles enough to continue onto the next best thing for exercise, as long as it is within their physical abilities.

2. Training target areas

Consulting with a personal trainer or gym staff member or doing individual exercises with permission given by a physiotherapist is always a good idea after obtaining an injury.

By targeting different areas of your body, you can safely continue to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle without causing further damage to the injury at hand.

Also, you can do a range of different activities depending on your limitations.

For example, if you are suffering from a knee injury, you can take on activities like some light boxing and focus on some upper body movements.

3. Stretching and foam rolling

You can keep active by simply doing some stretches, as well as remaining mobile with the help of a foam roller on hand.

However, you want to make sure you're stretching the right areas, and you don't want to accidentally go beyond your limit.

Before setting up an exercise plan, it's always a good idea to consult your doctor or physiotherapist to avoid any potential harm.