It’s NEVER Too Late To Start!
As you age, getting “fit” is tough. Starting a fitness regimen at any age can be a challenge. Making a change in your routine doesn’t have to be scary. Set a goal and start small. Remember, if you overdo it, you’re not likely to stick to it. Don’t get discouraged if you are starting fresh and feel like a newbie. Everyone has to start somewhere. Prior to starting an exercise routine, please talk with your health practitioner.
I suggest doing something physical every day. Do something you enjoy. If you are stuck doing activities that are uninteresting, you aren’t likely to adhere to it long term. Now that the weather is nice, take advantage! You can go for a walk around your neighbourhood, or a bike ride. Play golf, tennis or pickle ball.
Join the local gym and get moving! Encourage your friends or family to attend with you. Having a partner creates accountability and motivation that otherwise would lack. Maybe you would be a candidate for a personal trainer. Be sure to find one who aligns with your goals and will not push you past your limits. Work with a certified trainer who is familiar with the aging public. Exercise shouldn’t hurt you. However, you will likely feel new sensations and they aren’t all comfortable, but proper programming and taking it slow will ensure you are not going to be extremely sore.
If you are unable to move well, due to consistent inactivity, there are programs that take place in the water to ease movement. Join your local pool facility and attend the water aerobics or the water physiotherapy sessions. Another option is Fascia Stretch Therapy (FST), which is a pain free, low impact table based therapy and can help lubricate the joint capsules. This service is perfect for those who are unable to perform intense physical exercise but would still like to gain some mobility and flexibility.
Benefits of Regular Exercise:
- Improves quality of life, quality of sleep, and can boost mental and emotional health.
- Distributes fresh oxygen to your muscles, organs and throughout your body.
- Replenishes the synovial fluid in your joints to keep them moving well.
- Promotes strong posture and stability.
- Being physically fit allows you to remain independent. Living at home for as long as possible doing everyday things around the house.
- Helps with balance and mobility.
- Burns calories and may facilitate weight loss or healthy weight maintenance.
- Minimizes the symptoms of some chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis and high cholesterol.
- Increases energy and strength.
- Counteracts the muscle loss that may occur with aging.
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