Starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can be a challenge at any age, and it doesn’t get easier as you get older. May, with cool mornings and comfortable days, is the perfect time to get moving outside for a more active lifestyle. Becoming more active is not about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years!
Exercise has many physical and mental health benefits. For example, being more active improves your strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn can reduce your risk of a fall. And, people who exercise tend to have better blood pressure, bone density and a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. Even a modest walking program or simple exercise routine can help boost your energy, reduce stress, manage pain and improve your overall sense of well-being.
Are you ready to begin? Although starting an exercise regimen is a healthy decision, it’s important to be safe. Start by talking to your doctor about a plan that will work best for your age and health status, especially if you have a preexisting condition. Start slowly and build your routine over time. For example, if you’ve committed to a walking program,begin with a 20 minute walk around your neighborhood or other safe walking area. Gradually increase to 30 or even 40 minutes as you feel comfortable and are not tired or out of breath. Do you hate to exercise? Call a friend. Exercising together may keep you both motivated. Remember, you’re never too old to get moving to improve your health.