Updated: Sep 27, 2019
It’s no secret that life changes as we age; however, these changes don’t have to be negative.
The International Council on Active Aging founded Active Aging Week (October 1, 2019 to October 7, 2019) to change public perception on aging from something to be dreaded into something to be celebrated. Contrary to societal messages, life does not diminish with age and, in fact, can become even more fulfilling than ever before. This annual week encourages people to consider aging as a positive process and to participate in leading healthier, fuller lifestyles- one step at a time.
This week, focus on the ways you can enrich your life as a whole, through physical health, emotional well-being and social relationships. Here are some ways you can be proactive about improving your health this season within the beautiful St. Louis area.
Whether going to the gym or simply going for a walk, physical activity is essential to achieving and maintaining optimal health. In addition to physical strength, the benefits of exercise include improved cognitive performance, as well as restful sleep. If you’re intimidated by the idea of exercise, start small and get creative. As little as 10 minutes of consistent, daily exercise can make a positive difference in your health.
STL Active aging idea: Enjoy a lively walk around the Saint Louis Zoo during Zootober Fest, the zoo’s version of the popular German festival. With many exotic animals and a range of German treats like beer, bratwursts and pretzels, there’s enough family fun for everyone, from grandkids to grandparents!