Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), often known as heart disease, is the weakness of the heart that further leads to a buildup of fluid in the lungs and surrounding body tissues. The prevalence of congestive heart failure is increasing in people aged 65 years or older and is the most common reason for hospitalization of older adults. When it comes to heart failure, self-efficacy is very beneficial and can have positive effects on confidence and the ability to recover from CHF symptoms. Here are some heart healthy activities you can participate in that offer incredible benefits.
One of the simplest and most beneficial forms of maintaining your heart health is walking. If you are living independently, walking around your neighborhood can be a great way to get fresh air. On the other side of that coin, if you live in senior living, whether it be assisted living or memory care, you should be able to walk around the building safely and securely. According to ShareCare, “Walking is an excellent aerobic activity that temporarily increases heart rate and blood pressure, leading to greater efficiency of the heart.” Make sure that your memory care facility has safety precautions in place to encourage walking around without putting yourself at risk.
Following a Healthy Diet
Your diet is one of the most important factors in how healthy your heart will be, especially once you get older. A diet rich in green vegetables, salmon, and even some of life’s delicacies such as red wine and chocolate is a good mixture for a healthy heart. If you are currently unable to cook for yourself, most senior living communities will offer health conscious options to ensure that your heart remains healthy. To learn more about our Signature Dining program, click here.
Another fun way to keep your heart muscles nice and strong is by dancing. Better Health Channel notes that, “Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It has a wide range of physical and mental benefits including improved condition of your heart and lungs.” If you are living independently, turn a room in your home into a makeshift dance studio by playing some music and moving any furniture or tripping hazards. If you are enrolled in senior living, music therapy programs and group dance classes can be a great means to get moving.
Take Exercise Classes or Follow Exercise Routines
Finally, the best method to ensure that you are exercising properly is to enroll in exercise classes or following premade exercise routines. Whatever your living condition, there are likely going to be options available to you to get enrolled in an exercise class. FHitting Room discussed the benefits of joining a group class by saying, “In a group class, you have the benefit of professionals showing you how to do each move with proper form. Plus, if your form is a little off, the trainers are there to help correct you to ensure you don’t injure yourself. You can’t get that from going to the gym alone.”