Fitness is important for everyone but even more so as we age. As a older adult, you can improve the quality of your life with exercise and reduce the aging process. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent, diminish, or delay the onset of many diseases and disabilities, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis
Don’t fall prey to some exercise myths you may have heard.
Let’s shed some truth on these myths and get active!
I’m too old to start exercising
This is not true. You can start a fitness routine at any age; you are never too old to begin physical activity to better your health.
Exercise is too difficult and I may break bones
Most fractures in the elderly are due to falls not exercise related. Some of the best exercises you can do are those to strengthen the core and exercises to improve your balance. By improving your balance, strengthening your muscles and joints, and limiting the loss of muscles and bone mass, exercise reduces your risk of falling
Cardiovascular exercise doesn’t have to be a high impact, There are many options for low impact exercise including walking, cycling, swimming, water aerobics, low impact aerobic fitness classes for seniors.
Exercising will cause a heart attack.
Exercise can actually reduce your risk of heart disease, but it’s definitely important to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program if you have concerns.
I weigh too much to exercise.
For many overweight individuals just the the thought of exercise seems challenging! However, being extremely overweight is one of the best reasons to exercise.
As we age our metabolism slows down so you may have put on extra weight that makes it seem more difficult to get up and get active. If you exercise you can actually increase that slowing metabolism and start shedding those extra and unwanted pounds.
I will get hurt if I lift weights.
Strength training is the best way to increase your metabolism, strengthen your bones and build muscle.
You can start with body weight exercises or dumbbells weighing as little as 2 pounds each and do simple exercises that will result in toned muscles and strengthened bones.
Put aside your fears, check with your doctor on limitations and recommendations and get moving!