No one is too old to begin or continue an exercise program! Did you know as you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Increasing your well-being (your thoughts & outlook on life), increasing your range of motion (reaching for things & bending down), improving your balance (lessen risk of falls), and decreasing risk of disease (better heart health) are just some of the many benefits.
By exercise, I’m not talking about running a marathon, participating in a high intensity fitness class, or working out non-stop for 1+ hour(s). No, I mean participating in low-intensity, fitness for older adult classes where simple exercises & movements are done to improve your balance, lowering your risk falls; exercises that increase your range of motion, leading to being able to reach for items up on shelves, bending down to pick something up off the floor, or simply being able to put on & tie your shoes without difficulty (oh, to be able to tie shoes again, lovely!).
Do you have a high shelf you dread reaching up to so you try not to use it? Do you enjoy playing golf? How does improved immune function, better heart health & blood pressure, better bone density, and better digestive functioning sound? Does a lowered risk of chronic disease including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and colon cancer sound appealing? I hope I’m drawing a positive conclusion for you about how beneficial exercise is at any age really. Did I mention exercise also enhances your mobility, flexibility, strength, and posture, which in turn will help your balance, coordination, and reduce the risk of falls. Oh, and you know those arthritis ailments you may be suffering from, they will lessen (some people have even mentioned their arthritis ailments almost disappearing).
I got so excited writing about all the benefits, I almost forgot to mention my recommendations if you are new to exercise. Make sure to talk to your GP about beginning to exercise and get their okay. Pick an exercise program and/or class specifically designed for 55+ Older Adults, start slow and listen to your body as you execute (do) the exercises (you should not experience any pain, or dizziness, if you do, STOP immediately and grab the instructor’s attention). Set short-term goals for yourself to stay motivated. Acknowledge that it may take up to 30 days before your new exercises become routine. Think positive and know you are benefiting both your body & your mind!
I’d love to know your thoughts on exercise; what you fear about beginning a program; and what you love if your already exercising. Feel free to post them below or send me a personal email HERE.