No matter what age you are, it’s never too late to start moving your body. Regular physical activity is a gift that you can give to yourself. Physical activity promotes good health and a better outlook on life. If you’ve been sedentary for awhile, recovering from an injury or surgery, etc., most people can participate in some form of physical activity that they find enjoyable. You don’t have to start big, if you need to start more slowly, think about exercises you can do while sitting down or using a chair. Listen to your body and always ask your healthcare provider what is the best plan for you.
But why should we move? Well, regular physical activity can help reduce bone disease risk. Activities such as walking, help preserve bone density. Physical activity minimizes muscle loss, can improve balance and keep your muscles strong. Keeping your muscle strength helps reduce your risk of falling which in turn will keep you independent longer.
Being active can also aid in digestion and stimulate your appetite. Sometimes as we age, we lose interest in eating and regular activity may help with eating becoming more appealing. Regular exercise can help keep your heart and lungs healthier especially if you are doing more aerobic activities. But again, before you start a more rigorous routine, always check-in with your healthcare provider.
Regular exercise can help keep your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels normal which in turn can reduce the risks related to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Keeping your body moving can help relieve arthritis pain and aid in joint function as well as boost our mental outlook.
Remember, any physical activity is better than doing nothing. Being sedentary isn’t healthy at any age so set a plan on how you want to get started and begin feeling better. The more you move, the greater the benefits so start a walking plan with a friend, go swimming, try dancing, learn and practice yoga and Tai Chi, just get out there and move!