Being old doesn’t mean that you need to stop being active, well some things that you used to do may be less these days but there are other ways to be fit and maintain an active lifestyle. People with an active lifestyle feel healthier and a great sense of well being. Besides feeling good, being active will reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and cancer.
As we grow older, we experience a number of major life changes, retirement is just around the corner, grand kids to look out for and a much slower pace regarding your lifestyle. These changes should hinder you to be active. Don’t let physical activity out of the equation because maintaining good physical and mental health will let you live life to the fullest.
Life Starts At 50
Kick starting and maintaining a regular exercise regimen can be a challenge when you get older or when you reach the age of 50. Ongoing health problems, illnesses, injuries and falls may discourage you from starting.
Well it is a good reason to slow down and take it easy when you age but I doesn’t mean that you need to stop being active. Start slow and easy and when you found your pace and momentum. But we have to be conscious not to over exert to prevent any serious injuries. Exercise at this stage does not mean doing strenuous workouts, but adding more movements and activity to your daily life.
Let’s Get Physical! Let’s Get Mental!
Doing exercises and having an active lifestyle will give you these benefits:
- It helps adults maintain or lose weight. Metabolism slows down when we age. Exercise helps increase our metabolism, maintain or build muscle mass and burn more calories. Stored fats will be converted to energy when exercising.
- It improves sleep. When we get older, our sleep time becomes shorter and in some cases, quality sleep is very hard to get. Lack of sleep will make the body prone to illnesses and seeps out strength and mental alertness. Exercise will help in managing your sleep back to normal.
- It will enhance flexibility, mobility and balance in adults 50 years old and above. Doing exercises will increase your strength, improves posture and flexibility which will result to better balance and coordination. Dong strength training will also reduce the chances of developing chronic pains.
- It will improve the mood and enhance self confidence. Exercising releases good hormones and endorphins. These hormones help in making the individual feel good and minimize the chances of developing depression.
- It is good for the brain and overall mental health. Exercise promotes good brain functions and keeps the brain active. An active brain can help with minimizing memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
You can add some spice in doing any physical activity. You can listen to music, meet new people at a yoga or tai chi class, chat with friends while walking, stretching or doing some strength training. You can also take photographs and window shop while doing a stroll around the mall. Join any water sports or water aerobics. This is one good physical activity because water reduces the impact and stresses on the body.
The best part of having an active lifestyle is noticing the changes and the differences it makes in your life. Even with simple movements and stretches, you will notice improvements on how you look, feel and think. When exercising becomes a habit, it will be hard for you to stop.
About the Author
This article is contributed by Roselen, a health and fitness blogger whose interest is into sports medicine and elderly care. Visit Sports Med for more information about personal training, fitness, sports injury, orthopaedics and elderly care.