Looking for ways to stay active? Here are some suggestion

As we age, maintaining an active lifestyle is critical to our health and fitness. Fitness is crucial for staying independent and active, and it can even help lower the risk of many health conditions like stroke, heart attack, arthritis and even depression. The CDC recommends seniors participate in exercise at least 30 minutes every day.

That doesn’t mean women have to hit the gym or start jogging – instead, they can engage in activities that they enjoy and are more likely to continue, said Christina Bhattacharya in a story for greatcall.com.

Below are some ways women – and men, too – can stay active, healthy, and independent throughout their golden years.

Senior fitness: Away from home

Swimming/Water Aerobics. Water activities are a great way to tone your  muscles and increase endurance. The Arthritis Foundation notes that water’s buoyancy decreases the impact on joints and can soothe joint and muscular pain; and can help improve cardiovascular fitness, balance, and range of motion.

Tai Chi. According to Harvard Health, Tai Chi is often described as “meditation in motion.” The low-impact, slow exercise focuses on deep breathing, muscular strength, balance, and flexibility. Tai Chi not only helps to increase circulation but it can also promote positive well-being.

Walking. Walking is one of the most popular and easiest activities to perform. Many communities have formed senior walking clubs through senior, fitness, or health centers where seniors can meet other like-minded people for a little walking and talking.

Group Exercise Classes. Exercise classes are a fun way to add aerobic exercise to a weekly routine. Local community or senior centers often provide exercise classes designed for seniors.

Sports. Sports like tennis, golf, water volleyball and seated volleyball are an excellent way to remain active. A little healthy competition and teamwork can inspire you to maintain a commitment to exercise while enjoying the company of peers.

Senior Fitness: At Home

Inside Walking. Even if you can’t get outside, encourage walking within the home. Frequent walk breaks in the home in addition to walking in place while folding laundry or watching television can help you remain active.

The GreatCall Lively Wearable, one of the best pedometers for seniors, counts steps inside or out so you can keep track of your progress. It also has a discreet emergency button if you ever needs help when you are on the go.

Dancing. Create a playlist of your favorite songs. Listen to it and dance daily for a mental and physical boost. Additionally, there are many dance exercise videos available on DVD and online that you can use at home to keep moving.

Wheelchair rolling. In a wheelchair? No problem. Encourage seated strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular activities, like frequent wheelchair mobility around the house, to keep the mind and body active and healthy.

Of course, it’s always important to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, and these ideas are just a start.