Most people understand that being physically fit is an important part of maintaining good health. In fact, there has been a significant amount of research in recent years, covering the many health benefits of engaging in even moderate exercise. Whether it’s better heart health, controlling chronic diseases or protecting you from developing health problems, as you get older, taking action to improve your level of fitness can be an important step in enjoying a longer and healthier life.
As we age, it is natural to lose some muscle tone as well as endurance. However, it is not necessary to just sit back and accept this natural decline. When you’re pro-active, and engage in weight bearing exercise, such as lifting small hand weights or even jumping on a personal exercise trampoline, you’ll be able to strengthen bones, increase metabolism, burn fat, and increase stamina. There’s no doubt, when you slow down, so will your body. By keeping active and exercising regularly, you’ll be able to remain healthy and fit, even as you age.
The best way to incorporate a regular routine of exercise is to make it a normal part of your daily activities. Strive to add extra steps whenever possible; this might be easier than you think. It can be as simple as taking an extra lap around the block during your evening walk or taking up a new sport, such as swimming, biking or golf. While exercise classes and workout videos all offer an excellent opportunity to keep fit, it’s also important to find those little areas where you can sneak in extra moves.
Another important consideration as we age is the fact that accidental falls or tripping can become more prevalent. Mobility is often reduced, and stability can suffer. Even little tasks, such as walking out to the mailbox can present a challenge; however, concentrating on maintaining good core strength can go a long way in helping you to remain steady on your feet.
There are many exercise classes, such as senior stretching, Pilates or yoga classes that can help increase your core strength. Your core is comprised of the muscles that not only support you when sitting and walking, but they also play an important part in many of your daily tasks. Whether it’s doing laundry, vacuuming or just moving about the house, a strong core can help keep you steady, so you minimize the risk of falls.
Many times, people underestimate how even a little extra activity can reap huge rewards. From enjoying better health, to feeling more confident in completing even the most routine tasks, a healthy body that is physically fit can bring more enjoyment to everything you do.
If you are a senior, have medical problems or it’s been many years since you’ve done any real exercise, it’s a good idea to start slow. You might also want to discuss an exercise plan with your physician. It’s not a race, start where you are and with time, you’ll gradually gain more strength, flexibility and energy.