Exercise; The Secret to Healthy Aging
Healthy aging is important for older adults and seniors who want to stay mobile and independent. Maintaining an active lifestyle can help you stay healthy and keep your independence while supporting your overall sense of well-being. Moreover, exercise strengthens recovery from illness and can reverse some symptoms of aging. Even if you’ve never exercised, it’s not too late to find fun ways to be more active and enjoy a better life.
Where to Begin
Whether you’re new to exercise or getting back in the game, a good place to start is simply moving more in your daily routine. Look for opportunities to be more active. Household chores such as washing the car, mowing the lawn and gardening all count as physical exertion. As an alternative to driving, walk or cycle when possible. When driving to appointments, park at the end of the parking lot. Walk briskly and use the stairs rather than the elevator. Adding more movement to your day, even in little ways, adds up over the course of the day.
Moderation is the Key
It can be intimidating starting a new exercise program or getting back into exercise after a long lapse. The good news is that effective exercise isn’t an all-or-nothing effort. You don’t need hours at the gym or extreme, painful regimens. Forget that old adage, “no pain, no gain.” As little as 30 minutes of daily exercise can give a significant boost to your physical and mental health. Does your busy schedule interfere? Break your workout into two 15-minute workouts or three 10-minute workouts throughout the day. Increase your activity little by little and you’ll feel better and have more energy as you go about your day.
Any type of exercise provides health benefits, but you will get the most bang for your buck by utilizing a comprehensive mix of aerobic, strength, and flexibility training. Each of these components adds a complementary element that increases the benefits you experience. As an added bonus, your mental health will benefit from improved mood, sleep, and the ability to deal with day-to-day challenges in a positive way.
Make a Commitment
When you’re ready to commit to a structured exercise program, it’s important to set realistic goals, start slow, and have fun! Focus on an activity you enjoy. You aren’t likely to stick with an activity you dislike very long. In the beginning, set short-term goals and go at your own pace. Strive to breathe heavily and break a sweat, but don’t get out of breath. Realize that certain goals, such as weight loss or muscle definition can take time, while better mood and energy will come quickly. Make exercise a priority, but expect occasional ups and downs.
Exercise can become boring over time, no matter how much you enjoy it in the beginning. When you find yourself losing interest, it’s time for a change. You may want to try something new or add an activity to what you are doing. Setting goals and rewarding yourself is an effective way to stay motivated. Make goals achievable and the rewards enticing. Reinforce your commitment by being consistent and recording your progression. Get more inspiration from fitness magazines and websites.
Exercise for older adults is more important than ever but can be challenging. While illness and health problems can be discouraging, they are good reasons to get moving. Once you find exercise can be a fun part of your day, expect to start feeling and looking better, while living your best life.
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