Why Age Is No Barrier To Fitness
Today, people are living longer lives and enjoying a better quality of life. At one time, 50 was akin to 100 years old. Grandparents would prepare to pass, very melodramatically awaiting that time. These days, what is now 50 was more like 30 years ago. What is 40 now was 25 years ago.
Part of it is the modern status of living. People are more independent and focused more on working and being productive for the duration of their lives. Better medical advances and better everyday care means that people are not only living longer but staying fit. You are not imagining it. People are living to 90 and their 100s in much greater numbers these days. In the United Kingdom alone, there’s been a 73% increase in 100-year-olds in the past decade alone.
While society is becoming more plagued with symptoms of excess, such as obesity epidemics, health can be yours. If you are not already, eat sensibly and stay active. Remaining physically fit is the way to enjoy better health.
As this trend of the ages is occurring, middle-aged and seniors are taking up strenuous sports in great numbers. In a way, this is great news because it means that people are no longer giving up. They are embracing their lives and taking responsibility for their own continued good health as they climb in the ages.
People are participating in adrenaline pumping and exhilarating team sports. They are taking part in group classes, such as boot camp, and also running for miles on end. For the body, maintaining the health of muscles, bone and the heart all require exercise. Otherwise, starting at age 40 muscle strength and bone density do begin to deteriorate. It is part of the reason bones break more easily as people age. Regular exercise and weight bearing exercise puts these problems to rest.
Exercise also staves off chronic disease, while strengthening the immune system and maintaining heart health. If you want to avoid taking a stockpile of pharmaceuticals every day, exercise. It also reduces blood pressure and keeps it in check. Regularly exercising may also offer added benefits of keeping Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis and cancers at bay.
Remember that part about bones breaking more easily as we age? Well exercising prevents that while improving and maintaining mobility and flexibility. It improves posture, builds strength, and maintains good balance.
Listen To Yourself
Sometimes it is best to listen to what your body is telling you. If you have just started a new exercise routine after having been very inactive for a while, then you may be in for a surprise. It can take time to build your strength back up to your earlier years.
Check in with a physician and get a physical before starting in on a new exercise routine. Especially be sure to do this if you have an pre-existing conditions.
Always start slow and be sure to pace yourself. Otherwise, you may find yourself in pain, hurt, and well, undoing all of your good work. Take your time and realize you will get back out there again to exercise again tomorrow. Do not overdo it.
It is ok to take a breather as well. Do take some time off every week from your exercise routine. Your boot camp instructor is happy to teach you how to do any exercises that are a part of the drill.
The idea is to keep yourself motivated and interested in exercise. Set short-term goals so that you have something to look forward to along your path to better health. And, be sure that the goals that you do set are realistic.
If you have been a champion couch potato for the past 25 years, chances are you will not start running tomorrow and be completing a marathon in 6 months. Sure, you can get to marathon strength, but it will take longer than that probably.
Keep active to enjoy better health into your golden years. Set realistic goals, and be sure to mix it up a lot.