Sometimes we ask ourselves why we need to exercise and do physical activity. “I did not sleep good last night, I am tired at the end of the day, it is too hot, muggy, and humid outside anyway”; these are just some excuses that we use to avoid exercise. Being more active is one of the best things you can do to improve your health and your quality of life, and it becomes even more important as you age. It can help you to:
- Feel stronger, have more energy, and look better too!
- Lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. If you already have these diseases, it can help you get them under control.
- Reach and stay at a healthy weight.
- Keep your bones, muscles and joints strong, and relieve arthritis pain.
- Handle stress, fight depression and sleep better.
- Do daily tasks more easily such as carry groceries, climb stairs and clean the house.
- Keep your mind sharp.
If you are already in good health, regular exercise can help you stay that way. However, if you are not in good health, or if you have a long-term health problem, just a little more exercise every day can make a big difference.
“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been”
Starting or changing an exercise routine does not have to be hard. Many people find ways to be more active that work for them. Success starts with the right attitude.
Exercise helps at any age. In fact, being active can help you avoid some of the problems that often come along as we get older. Talk to your doctor about what kinds of activity might be best for you.
Make your Heart Stronger
Exercise should get your heart beating faster and have you breathing harder. Whether you call it an aerobic exercise, cardio exercise, Zumba, or other term, it all means you’re making your heart stronger. Just a little more activity every day can reduce your risk for heart attack, stroke and other problems.
Some suggestions are:
- Walking, hiking, and jogging.
- Biking outside or indoors.
- Swimming and water aerobics.
- Doing household chores or yard work at a fast pace.
- Climbing stairs.
Getting started can be as simple as taking a walk a few times per week!