Exercise and Aging

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Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to fall for the myths about exercise and aging. Maintaining an active lifestyle can do wonders for your weight, balance, heart health, and outlook on life. So don’t be fooled by some common misconceptions.

Worried You’ll Get Hurt?

It’s understandable, especially if it’s been a long time since you exercised consistently. Talk to your doctor about what activities are good choices for you, and get a full checkup. Work with a trainer at first so you can set up a safe regimen and stay within your limits. Exercising regularly actually helps prevent injuries because you’ll improve your balance and strength.

Think You’re Too Old?

You’re never too old! And the less active you are, the more likely you are to develop heart disease. Try low-impact activities like swimming or power walking. Yoga, pilates, and tai chi are great for core strength and balance. An UltraSlide lateral trainer is another great option for low-impact exercises. Start slow, and aim for building up to 30 minutes of aerobic activity five days a week and two days of strength training a week.

Don’t Want to Exercise Alone?

Exercising is a great way to make friends and be more social. Your local gym, YMCA, and senior center may offer free or low-cost classes especially for seniors, which makes working out a lot more fun. Your friends and neighbors might want to become more active, and having a workout partner makes everyone feel more motivated and accountable.

Money an Issue?

You don’t have to break the bank to get in shape. Look for discounted fitness classes at local churches and using equipment at neighborhood parks. There are also many free workouts available online and through smartphone apps. Remember that some of the best exercises use your own body weight as resistance, such as planks, push ups, and lunges.

Just Feeling Old?

Don’t buy into the myths about exercising and aging. Sure, you can’t run the mileage you used to, but you can stay active and get in the best shape possible for your age. The fun of exercising, combined with the mental health benefits and protection against injuries and heart disease make it a big win.