5 Myths About Exercise and Aging

Fitness Is Timeless

At any age it makes a difference in how you feel and move.  Inside and out, you win when you are active, no matter how old you are.  But it doesn’t always FEEL that way, if you have fallen off track in your goals toward movement every day.

Exercise and Aging
Exercise and Aging

“I’m Too Old”

In all actuality, not moving is much riskier and can speed up the aging process.  Being inactive makes you more likely to develop heart disease.  If you haven’t exercised in a long time, begin slowly with a low impact activity that raises your heart rate.  For overall heart health, The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of aerobic activity 5 days per week, along with 2 days of strength training.  Look for ways to get back into something you enjoy.

“It’s Too Hard”

Studies have show that taking it easy is risky.  For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t just happen because they’ve aged.  It is usually because they’re not active.  Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.

Exercise and Aging
Exercise and Aging

“I Can’t Afford It”

You really don’t need to shell out a fortune on a gym membership or exercise equipment.  Put on some walking shoes or spend an hour gardening in the backyard.  If the weather is bad, use what’s available around your home.  Canned goods work well as light weights for resistance training.  If you like the social interaction there are group classes and many resources to stay fit.  Many gyms offer discount to seniors, and some health plans cover membership for certain fitness programs.

“I’ll Hurt Myself”

First talk to a trained professional about which activities would be best for you and what to avoid.  Remember, the more physically fit you are, the less likely you are to get injured.  Be sure to warm up a bit by stretching and moving slowly.  The more physically fit you are, the less you are likely to get injured.  Improving your balance by tai chi or yoga help you avoid falls in every day life.

“I Don’t Have Anyone To Exercise With”

Check the schedule at you local community center or the YMCA to see what free or affordable classes they offer.  Find opportunities to connect with people who enjoy the same activities you do.  Once you get started with your active lifestyle, you many be surprised to learn that there are already people around you who can exercise with you.  Or, maybe you will inspire someone in your life to get moving.

Exercise can be a tool to keep you mentally and physically sharp in the years ahead.  Trust that if you get moving, that you will FEEL the difference and you will enjoy the activity and age gracefully.

I am  Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.




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