Staying Fit & Active as You Age

Staying Fit & Active as You Age

It’s never too late to start moving. Physical activity gradually declines with age as people lose their muscle mass and strength. Staying active and moving your body as you age can work wonders for both your physical and mental health. When it comes to being active, there’s something for everyone: hockey, dancing, skating, skiing, walking, yoga, tai chi, hiking, swimming, gardening and weight training.

Regular exercise is essential for healthy aging, and being physically active as our abilities and conditions allow is not only good for us as we age, but studies show staying active such as being involved in aerobic activity, resistance training, stretching, balance activities not only build muscle mass but allow us to enjoy a longer life span along with a longer health span,  meaning “the period of life spent in good health, free from the chronic diseases and disabilities of aging”. Studies show that “an increase in physical activity tends to lower the risk of having cognitive disorders and improves the overall well-being of the human body.”

Staying consistent and exercising regularly can provide numerous health benefits that include improvements in blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, mood, and cognitive function, reduce pain, relieve stress, improve sleep, improve flexibility and balance, lower risk for chronic disease and injuries. High level of physical activity has shown to have positive effects on not only our physical body but also on our social, emotional, and mental well being.

Trying different activities until you find something you enjoy will be a big motivator, and will encourage you to stick with the activity. Pick activities you enjoy that match your abilities.

Staying active as you age, is being mindful of your health. Make it part of your everyday routine and see how you feel.