Having an active lifestyle is more important than ever as you get older. Regular exercise helps boost energy and manage symptoms of illness or pain. In addition, exercise can reverse some aging symptoms and do some great things for your body, mind, mood and memory.
It can be a challenge to start or maintain a regular exercise routine. While illness, health problems, or concerns about injuries or falls may be a concern, they are all the more reason to get moving. Exercise can energize your mood, relieve stress, help you manage symptoms of illness and pain, and improve your sense of well-being. Exercise can be fun too!
Whatever your age, you can benefit from exercise. That doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and do strenuous workouts. It’s all about adding more movement and activity to your daily life.
Benefits of Exercise For Adults Over 50
- Maintain or lose weight– As you age, your metabolism naturally slows down. Exercise helps increase your metabolism and build muscle mass which helps burn more calories.
- Reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease- Exercise improves immune function, heart health and blood pressure, bone density, digestive functioning. Exercise also lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and colon cancer.
- Enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance- Exercise improves strength, flexibility, and posture, which will in turn help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls.
- Improves your sleep- Quality sleep is important for your overall health. Exercise can help you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply.
- Boosts mood and self-confidence- Endorphins produced by exercise can help you feel better and reduce feelings of depression.
- Good for your brain- Exercise helps keep the brain active, which will help prevent memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia.
Tips For Starting
Make sure before you start being physical that you get medical clearance, especially if you have a preexisting condition. Also consider any health concerns. For example, diabetics may need to adjust the timing of medication and meal plans when setting an exercise schedule.
For those who are just starting, start slow. Build up your exercise program and always remember to keep water handy. Although, be sure to commit to an exercise schedule. Make it habit and force yourself to stick with it. You can also help yourself stay motivated by focusing on short-term goals.
It’s never too late to be there, and do that! Exercise is good for you, so why not treat yourself well and be active!