Senior Exercising? That's only for younger folks, you say? Not so! You can benefit from senior exercise tips too!
Seniors need exercise no less than any other age group. You may need to be more intentional about getting your exercise, but the benefits are certainly worth the effort.
There are many benefits of exercising. OK, the downside of it is the activity part, but even that gets better with more activity!
People across the world are falling so far short on exercise that the problem has become a global pandemic, causing nearly a tenth of of all deaths worldwide and killing roughly as many people as smoking, researchers said in an alarming series of studies recently published in the Lancet, a British medical journal, according to the Los Angeles Times.
These issues are equally prevalent with seniors.
The LA Times went on to report that a sedentary lifestyle is tied to worldwide killers such as heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancer. One of the benefits of physical activity is the reduction or even the elimination of these worldwide killers. That is why programs like The First Steps to Active Health for Seniors are essential in making sure you get to spend many more years with your grandchildren.
Physical fitness (click to discover if you are fit) helps prevent the “diseases of affluence”, those potentially fatal diseases that affect the more affluent nations of the world.
And you thought affluence was a good thing right? Well, the truth is it can be a very good thing, but many times - not so much.
Lack of adequate exercise causes more deaths every year than smoking, according to Dr. I-Min Lee is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Yes, being a couch potato can be a life-threatening condition.
You probably don’t need these reports to tell you that inadequate amounts of exercise are not a good thing, right? But to understand exactly how important is it to be physically fit - read this?
OK. Enough of the negative. Now to the positive.
Those of us who struggle to get enough exercise know all too well why we want to get more:
We simply feel better! We have more energy, enthusiasm, and joy when our bodies are functioning in a vigorous, healthy manner. A little strength training and even flexibility and balance training can make a huge difference
As we said above, exercising helps prevent the “diseases of affluence”, those potentially fatal diseases that affect the more affluent nations of the world. Nations like the US, Canada, the UK, France and the rising Asian countries, among others.
The bottom line is this: Regular exercise requires a decision. A conscious, deliberate decision. A commitment. Is it always easy? No. Is it always convenient? No.
Then again, neither is it convenient to be dragging, fatigued or ill or to die prematurely.
Maybe you are a hard core couch potato. If so, maybe you also suffer from high levels of stress in your life. If so, you might find it helpful to check this out.
Are you on a regular exercise routine? (Is once a month regular? Not!) Do you have a plan for Physical Exercise? If so, how do you stay motivated? If not, do you have any plan to begin regular exercise? You're not thinking anything like, "Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow", are you?
You know there's no future in that line of reasoning, right? Seniors need senior exercises! Take care of yourself. Begin an exercise routing today!
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