No matter what your age is, no matter what shape you are in right now, there is always something physical that you can do. Safe movement can do so much for you. It's not just about living longer, but also about living better.
Slowing down with age tends to creep up on us. It could be that you have weight issues or pain issues or you simply don't like to exercise.
However, it becomes even more important as we age to get moving. As they say, use it or lose it.
Whatever you are doing right now for exercise, level it up a little. If you walk, walk just a little faster. If you lift weights, do one or two more repeats. If you swim or do water aerobics, put a little more presence into the activity and feel your body respond.
Let's take a look at some of the benefits that you will reap from being active:
1. Exercise can help you maintain or lose weight. Your metabolism slows down with age and it becomes harder to maintain your weight. Exercise will help you build stronger muscles, which in turn will increase your metabolism.
2. Your balance, flexibility, and mobility will improve. As you age your body becomes stiffer and balance is affected. In fact, one of the dangers of aging is falling and breaking bones. The setbacks from falls can be tremendous. Increasing your flexibility enhances your ability to have a little spring in your step and allows you to have quicker reactions when you need them.
3. Exercise boosts your mood. Aging often brings feelings of isolation and depression. Exercise releases endorphins that are natural stress relievers and mood boosters. A stronger body builds your self-confidence as well. Exercise with a friend or with a group and watch your spirits lift.
4. You'll sleep better. Aging often brings with it less sleep. However, the importance of good sleep cannot be overstated. Sleep is the time when your body recovers best. Exercise allows you to fall asleep faster, sleep more deeply and wake up refreshed and ready for day ahead.
5. You'll be more resilient. Being in better physical condition minimizes the impact that an illness or chronic condition can have. Get well sooner or hopefully don't get sick to begin with.
If you are new to physical activity, please consult your physician, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.
Some activities that you can consider doing:
Walking, swimming, water aerobics, yoga and tai-chi.
Most importantly, get out there and do something that makes you feel alive and healthy.
I'd love to hear more about how I can live my best life, joyfully and fully engaged.