This month, we are looking at continuing with the healthy lifestyle, all the way with senior fitness.
As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. And not only is exercise good for your body—it’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness.
If you have a disability, severe weight problem, chronic breathing condition, diabetes, arthritis, or other on-going illness you may think that your health problems make it impossible for you to exercise effectively, if at all. Or perhaps you’ve become frail with age and are worried about falling or injuring yourself if you try to exercise. The truth is, regardless of your age, current physical condition, and whether you’ve exercised in the past or not, there are plenty of ways to overcome your mobility issues and reap the physical, mental, and emotional rewards of exercise.
So where to begin…For many people, that first step from inactive to active is the hardest step of all, however committing to a routine of physical activity is one of the healthiest decisions you can make.
BEFORE YOU GET MOVING, THOUGH, CONSIDER HOW BEST TO BE SAFE.
Important! Talk to your doctor, physical therapist, or other health care provider before starting an exercise program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition.
- Start slow. If you haven’t been active in a while, it can be harmful to go “all out.” Instead, build up your exercise program little by little.
- Commit to an exercise schedule for at least 3 or 4 weeks so that it becomes habit.
- Stay motivated by focusing on short–term goals, such as improving your mood and energy levels and reducing stress, rather than goals such as weight loss, which can take longer to achieve.
- Recognise problems. Exercise should never hurt or make you feel lousy. Stop exercising immediately and call your doctor if you feel dizzy or short of breath, develop chest pain or pressure, break out in a cold sweat, or experience pain. Also stop if a joint is red, swollen, or tender to touch.
Just remember that mixing different types of exercise helps both reduce monotony and improve your overall health.
You can find some easy exercise benefits by downloading the easy exercise guide by visiting http://www.csp.org.uk/documents/easy-exercise-guide-england
If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not you’ll find an eXcuse!
In the words of Dr Spock, Live Long and Prosper!