The Importance of Exercise and Fitness as We Age
Think about all of the activities you love to do: swimming, golfing, gardening, bike riding, hiking, walking, tennis, visiting with your grandkids. Will you still be able to do these activities in 5 -10 years?
As we age, we begin to lose muscle. Reduced muscle strength decreases balance and mobility and increases the risk of falls and fractures This is why it’s so important to live an active lifestyle now and especially well after we’re into our 60’s, 70’s, and beyond. Physical activity now will help to ensure that you can still enjoy for favorite activities down the road and can improve your quality of life, including:
- reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes
- improving balance and reducing the risk of falls
- reducing joint and muscle pain
- making your body stronger and more resilient to pain
- improving heart and lung health
Living in The Villages, Florida, there are plenty ways activities to keep you moving. Here are a few tips for how you can stay active.
Choose Enjoyable Activities
The key to maintaining an active lifestyle is to choose activities that you enjoy. Don’t choose an exercise routine that you don’t like, because it probably won’t last. Likewise, don’t push yourself too hard. Start slow and gradually increase your activity time to fit your own pace. Choosing a low impact, enjoyable activity can be a great way to squeeze in a little exercise such as golfing, bicycling, or walking the dog.
Stay Flexible and Strong
Along with maintaining an active lifestyle, something that can make a huge impact on your physical well-being is to stay flexible and increase strength. Do to the aging process, our bodies tend to be less resilient. By working out and stretching and strengthening muscles, we can improve the ability for our bodies to heal after injury and increase mobility. Some of exercises include:
- Practicing balance exercises to reduce the risk of falls
- Lift Weights
- Exercise Bands
Visit your Chiropractor
Many people believe that with age comes regular aches and pains. While back pain or neck pain may increase with age, it’s not something that you have to accept it as a part of your life. Regular physical activity, along with regular checkups and visits to the chiropractor can help to reverse the effects of aging and can make you look and feel young and healthy for a very long time.
Don’t let pain it stop you from leading an active life. Call the Davis Clinic of Chiropractic today. Because what’s the point of living in The Villages, Florida, if you can’t enjoy it!