admin - May 8, 2014
Growing older doesn’t mean giving up an active lifestyle. As you grow older, exercise becomes more important than ever. Exercising regularly can boost your energy, help you maintain your independence, manage symptoms of illness and pain and might even reverse some symptoms of aging.
So if you’re searching for the fountain of youth, look no further. Exercise is good for your mind, mood, body and memory.
Start Your Exercise Routine
30 minutes is the recommended amount of daily exercise, which amounts to 2% of your day. Start a workout routine and stick to it. Have a designated time each day to walk outside, go to the gym, bike or take a fitness class.
Once you get into the habit, it will be hard to break, and you will feel all the better for staying committed!
Excuses Aren’t Going to Cut It
Everyone has their excuse, but let’s face it. If 30 minutes of exercise is just 2% of your day, you can make time.
There’s no point in exercising. I’m going to get old anyway: Exercise and strength training can actually help you look and feel younger all while staying active. If you exercise on a regular basis, it actually lowers your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and Alzheimer’s.
Older people shouldn’t exercise so they can save their strength: A sedentary lifestyle, especially for adults over 50, is unhealthy. Inactivity will cause you to lose muscle strength and the ability to do independent activities.
Exercise may cause falls: This one is especially false. By exercising you build up strength and stamina, which will prevent the loss of bone mass and improve your balance. The bottom line? Exercise will actually reduce your risk of falling.
It’s too late for me to start now: You are never too old to start! If it’s been a while, start with light walking, tai chi or gentle activities and slowly build your way up.
Taking Care of Your Health
Exercising regularly and following a healthy diet plan are both ways to fight off disease; some risk factors cannot be controlled with a healthy lifestyle. If you know that you have a family history of certain conditions like heart disease, stroke or diabetes you may want to schedule a health screening to determine your personal risk factor.
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