There is a myth that growing older means you can’t be active and that stiffness and even discomfort are an inevitable part of aging. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! Of course, we all experience some physical changes as we grow older, but it doesn’t necessarily mean we are doomed to stagnation.
That fact is, we should all stay just as active as we age. Why? Because regular exercise enhances our mobility and flexibility, improve posture, and increases strength. This means we enjoy better balance and coordination, thereby reducing the risk of falls. Being fit also helps us feel and look more youthful and is a great way of achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Additionally, regular physical activity helps us manage stress and boosts our mood, thereby reducing feelings of depression. Furthermore, research shows that exercise can enhance and maintain certain aspects of cognitive function – particularly important as we age.
If you’re young and want to age in the best way possible, the secret is to never stop moving. ‘Move it or lose it, as the old adage goes. But if you have let your physical health deteriorate in recent years, the good news is that it’s never too late to get it back – and enjoy the benefits! In fact, studies have found that adults who take up exercise later in their lives often show faster physical and mental improvements than younger people.
If you’re planning on becoming more active at a later age, there are certain things to keep in mind. Firstly, if you have any physical challenges or health conditions, it’s important to consult your doctor before making any big changes. They will be able to guide you in the best way.
The second rule is to take it slowly. A steady walk each day will help you slowly gain aerobic fitness without exhausting you or risking any injury. The slower at the beginning, the better. You don’t want to overdo it.
The third rule is to be consistent. Even 15 minutes of activity once a day will add up to better health. Choose activities that don’t put a strain on your joints like walking or swimming, or activities that aid flexibility like stretching or yoga. Remember, it’s all about moderation. Always be sure to get enough rest and take it gently. When this becomes easier, you can pick up the pace.
So, what are you waiting for?