Posted: 13 March 2018
Aging isn’t an excuse to no longer stay active and take care of your body. In fact, it may be more important than ever before!
Your health is very important, and if you stay active, you can actually decrease your risk of concerning medical issues, such as developing cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Let’s get to how you can stay active and enjoy your body for the rest of your life!
No, it’s not just for meatheads in the gym. Anyone can stay active in the weight room, and keeping your body strong is crucial in your older years.
That’s because we lose muscle at a faster rate as we age. In fact, if you’re not physically active, you can lose as much as 3-5% of your muscle each decade after age 30.
Resistant exercise, whether it’s through the form of traditional weight lifting or bodyweight exercises, can help decrease frailty and improve muscle strength.
Not sure where to start? Consider hiring a personal trainer or taking a beginner class. It’s easy to injure yourself with improper form, and it’s important that you know the correct exercises.
With that said, you don’t need to know a million different exercises in order to reap weight training benefits. Many experts agree that compound movements (such as squatting, bench-pressing, and overhead pressing) are superior to isolated movements.
Be sure to consult with your doctor and receive appropriate medical clearance before engaging in any new strength-based routine.
Yoga is a great way to stay active at any age. Not only does yoga boast several amazing physical benefits (strong core, lean muscles, better posture), but it boasts several emotional virtues as well.
Yoga utilizes principles of mindfulness and awareness of breath, which are important for stress reduction and overall quality of life.
Want to feel happier, calmer, and more confident in your own body? Get out your mat and get yourself to a class.
You’ll feel simultaneously worked and relaxed!
Swimming is a great way to stay active if you have a history of medical injuries or joint pain. Swimming is a cardiovascular exercise that torches calories and helps build muscles- while being relatively easy on your body.
There are several kinds of swimming workouts that you can do. Like any form of cardio, it’s important to warm up properly. Consider swimming 10-12 strokes at an easy pace. Rest, and then continue for 2-4 more sets.
Consider working your way up to interval workouts by changing the speed within the distances. You can change your intervals from moderate to hard to easy.
Repeat 2-4x more week, and you’ll feel leaner, stronger, and healthier in no time at all.
Remember when you first learned how to ride a bike? How wonderful did it feel to finally feel free on your own set of two wheels?
Bike riding is a fantastic aerobic, cardiovascular activity that helps burn calories and build endurance. It’s also easier on the joints than many forms of aerobic exercise, such as running.
Biking can be done either outdoors or indoors. If you’re someone who gets bored easily, outdoor biking can quickly pass the time. Changing scenery gives you the ability to focus on something else rather than just counting the minutes.
Make sure that you wear a helmet at all times and tell a loved one the route you plan on taking before you go. If you’re rusty on your bike, start out on flat, uncrowded roads before tackling hills or off-roading.
You can also enjoy biking indoors via stationary cycling or spin classes. If you’re uncertain about your safety outdoors or you live in an area with bad weather, indoors may be best for you.
Recumbent bikes can help reduce joint discomfort if you have a history of joint pain or medical injuries. Spin classes, on the other hand, focus on speed and endurance (expect to work out a very serious sweat!)
Walking and Hiking
Like to stay active without spending hours in the gym? We hear you. As it turns out, you don’t need a fancy membership or expensive clothes to get your sweat on. You don’t even need a gym.
Walking and hiking are great forms of cardiovascular exercise that strengthen your heart and lungs, work your muscles, and build your endurance.
Walking can be essentially done anywhere- all you need is proper footwear and comfortable clothing. It’s a great way to explore your own town, and it’s beneficial for the environment. The next time you feel tempted to drive over to the supermarket or post office, consider if you can walk there instead
Hiking, on the other hand, is an amazing way to immerse yourself in nature and connect with others. Hiking will require more gear and equipment than just walking alone, but most find that it’s worth the investment.
Hiking is a great way to feel accomplished (what feels better than literally climbing a mountain) while also diving into deep, existential conversation with friends and loved ones.
If you’re someone who lives for intense conversation (life, death, marital or codependent relationship problems) while simultaneously conquering a physical challenge, consider getting a pair of hiking boots and finding yourself a hiking buddy today!
Stay Active at Any Age!
This goes without saying- taking care of your health is important no matter your age. Keep that body moving! You’ll feel and look better and have more energy to boot!
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