……as well as the answer to Anti-Aging.
As we get older, many of us tend to become a bit slack when it comes to exercising; and our eating habits tend to deteriorate as well.
Unfortunately, all the good habits you have developed over the years tend to be replaced by bad ones and you barely even notice the change……except for the tightness of your best pair of pants.
You can no longer resist the temptation of a bowl of ice cream (with a good dollop of chocolate sauce) before going to bed and you start skipping your exercise routine, that’s if you had one, as it tends to make you feel tired and not as invigorated as it used to.
Senior Health & Fitness – Some Must Know Tips for Longevity and Optimum Health
If you are a senior and feeling your shape is declining and wondering if it worth trying to keep exercising and maintain healthy eating habits, then don’t worry. I have good news for you. According to the latest scientific and medical studies, if you are fit in your senior years, the quality of your life and longevity will greatly improve.
If you can maintain your fitness levels, it will improve not only your body, but will also have a great impact on your brain. Unless you have some genetic flaws which can cause Alzheimer’s or dementia, if you maintain a healthy diet and keep on exercising, your brain will keep on working at a level which will keep you independent for a long time into the future.
Harry Gaines, a retired cyclist and Active Ageing advocate, recently wrote a book called “Fitness Beyond 50: Turn Back the Clock”. I highly recommend reading it.
In the book Harry states “Regardless of your age, health and overall fitness is attainable”. I exercise in some form or another six days a week and I heartily agree – Harry is spot on with that statement.
That’s good news for anyone who has developed a couch potato syndrome (resting and rusting I call it) in recent years. It’s never too late to start an exercise program and gain massive benefits from your efforts.
According to Gaines, if all over 50’s knew the great impact of fitness on our longevity and long term health, they would be far more motivated to improve their strength, cardiovascular and physical, and lifestyle habits.
Additionally, they will be free from adult diseases like diabetes and osteoporosis as well as heart disease and high blood pressure. It is simple to learn how to exercise, but understanding the scientific reasons for staying fit in your senior years is vitally important to the enjoyment of your retirement.
4 Anti Aging Fitness Facts
1. Your fitness level determines, in part, your susceptibility for suffering heart attacks (Prog Cardiovasc Dis, 2014;56:382–90), diabetes, certain cancers and premature death (Ex and Spts Sci Reviews, 2017;45(1):7-15).
2. Not exercising is the most common modifiable cause of chronic disease (Can Med Assoc J, 2006;174: 801–809).
3. Regular exercise helps to prevent many chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes (Can Med Assoc J, 2006;174: 801–809).
4. The most common excuse for not exercising is lack of time (Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2002;34: 1996–2001).
Here is another bonus for seniors for staying fit.
You can save money on medical costs. According to one study, seniors who exercised at least three times a week saved almost $1,300 a year on medical bills compared to those who didn’t exercise.
Whether you go to a gym or exercise at home or even in the local park or pool, the cost won’t break the bank when compared to the benefits you will reap like living longer and having improved health and physical functionality.
Thanks to modern technology seniors nowadays can exercise in the comfort of your own home if you don’t like the idea of heading outdoors or to the gym. You can use videos as guidance or watch special exercise programs on TV. You don’t need to become a member at the gym nor do you need special equipment.
However, you will miss out on the social benefits if you don’t engage in some form of group exercise; having this sense of community is almost as important as the exercise itself as we age.
If you develop the routine of exercising for just thirty minutes a day five to six days a week, it will improve your health and greatly enhance your longevity. Even If you’ve developed a few bad habits over time, you can start today to reverse those habits to more productive ones.
It’s never too late to halt and start reversing the ageing process.
Active Ageing is the only answer to Anti-Aging.
So start changing your old habits today and begin enjoying the lifestyle of a healthy and fit baby boomer. It will be the best investment in your future you have ever made.
Just like you spend your money, spend your time by investing it in active and enjoyable activities which will ensure you a healthy and enhanced quality of life.
So let’s all get motivated and join the Active Ageing Revolution!
There is NO excuse to stop you from exercising and improving your eating habits.
And just remember, it only takes a very small chunk of your day (each day) to add a huge chunk of healthy years to your later life.
I did it and am still doing it……so can you.
See you in the gym or out in the surf……..or maybe even just going for a walk in the great outdoors.
Cheers – John – your Active Ageing Mentor and Coach.
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