Exercise is something that far too many people think that they are getting too old to do. And that life is too short to bother spending time at the gym or doing some other kind of activity. Well, I do agree that life is short, but your life can be even shorter and not as fulfilling if you fail to stay active as you age. No matter how old you are you need to try and stay active. Here we are looking at why you should exercise and some of the other things associated with exercising as you age.
Staying Active You Are Less Likely To Get Certain Diseases
Many studies have been done that have shown people who stay active as they age are less likely to develop some major life changing diseases. Risk of heart disease is lowered as is the probability of suffering a stroke. Also those who exercise are far less likely to suffer from type 2 diabetes. Staying active ensures that your body is stronger and better prepared for fighting off what diseases and aches and pains father time throws at you. All of our bodies will decline as we get older, this is a fact, but by staying active you are helping slow down this process and keeping your body running better for longer.
What Is Classed As Exercise?
Sadly some people are completely wrong when it comes to what they consider is getting exercise. Going out to get your groceries for 45 minutes is not classed as exercise. While you may find this tiring and it’s great you are up and moving, you are not really working your heart. I am not saying that you have to start body building, but going for a nice walk, a bike ride, heck even mowing the lawn are all classed as exercise. This will not only get you out of the house and moving around, but it will also be making your body work. If you have trouble with certain types of exercise then start out slow, maybe with something like water aerobics. To see a real difference and get the proper physical benefits from exercising you should be aiming to do around 2 and a half hours per week. Of course you may want to start off with less and build up to it.
Exercise Is Fun Not A Chore!
Exercise should be fun and not something that you just dread the thought of. One way to make it fun is to treat it like a social thing. For example rather than just going for a walk all by yourself, go with a friend. Or check out your local leisure center. I would put money on that they will have dedicated times and classes for older people things like badminton, tennis, lawn bowls and even golf are a great way of keeping active and having fun at the same time.
Talk To Your Doctor
Now I am not going to tell you to buy a tennis racket and join a tennis club right away. If there is a sport or an activity that you like the sound of, then check with your doctor before jumping in. They will be able to advise you not only how to get the best out of the activity, but also they can give you advice on how to do it safely.