An Active Lifestyle Leads to a Better Life

Jul 12, 2016

The data is clear. Staying active for those 55 and better has benefits that everyone wants to enjoy. If you can give yourself the opportunities for an active lifestyle, you will have a healthier, more energetic, and most likely longer life.

Three important parts of an active lifestyle matter the most: exercise, learning, and social interaction. Tapestry can help you with all three!

1) Keep your moving parts moving

The bad news:

If you don’t do some form of exercise that keeps your heart rate up and keeps you moving, you’re going to be more susceptible to a long list of terrible things: heart disease, diabetes, falls, obesity, and even early death. We could go on, but enough of that. Let’s get to —

The good news:

It is never too late to reap the benefits of exercise. Even if you’ve never exercised much before, if you start now, (start slowly, please) you CAN increase your health and reap the rewards.

“Exercise strengthens the entire human machine — the heart, the brain, the blood vessels, the bones, the muscles. The most important thing you can do for your long-term health is lead an active life.”
– Dr. Timothy Church, Director of Preventative Medicine Research in Baton Rouge

Life at Tapestry gives you plenty of opportunities to keep those moving parts moving.

In a typical month, you may find exercise classes which include Stretch and Meditation, Yoga, Wii Games, and Tai Chi among others. And those activities are not just your usual boring walk around the block either — there’s nothing better than having fun while exercising!

2) Lifelong learning

Research studies from Harvard, Duke, and Johns Hopkins Universities have proven that a stimulated mind promotes a healthy brain.

Their research shows that keeping brains stimulated helps retain mental alertness as people age. The brain’s physical anatomy actually responds to enriching mental activities. Scientists have discovered that the brain, even an aging brain, can grow new connections and pathways when challenged and stimulated.

Opportunities to keep your mind sharp at Tapestry can include classes in World Languages, Art History, Computer Class, Book Club, Sign Language Class, Jewelry Making, Facebook Class, Writing Class, and more. The list of learning opportunities at Tapestry includes something for everyone.

3) Stay social

It’s critically important to stay socially connected as well.

Researchers from Brigham Young University reviewed 148 studies that tracked the social habits of more than 300,000 people. They found that becoming isolated and not maintaining social contacts is just as harmful to health as being an alcoholic or smoking nearly a pack of cigarettes a day! Weak social ties are more harmful than not exercising and twice as risky as being obese, the researchers found.

So get out there and enjoy the company of your fellow Tapestry residents!

Tapestry is definitely the place for social gatherings. We offer Outings, Men’s Group, Women’s Group, Board Game Night, Wine Tasting, Happy Hour, Social Hour, Ballroom Dancing, Line Dancing, Poker, Bingo, Bridge…whew! Friendship and fellowship are waiting at whichever activities sound best for you.

At Tapestry, we want you to experience a healthy, active life for many years. We hope you will keep moving, continue learning, and stay social.

We are going to do everything possible to give you the opportunities to enjoy an active lifestyle. Your part is simply to take advantage of all that Tapestry has to offer.