There are many reasons why people resist beginning an exercise program.
“I am too old to begin a workout program.”
“I have aches and pains and I don’t want to get hurt.”
“The health issues I have are just a normal part of aging.”
This list can go on indefinitely! However, many of these roadblocks that keep us from starting are only myths. The reality is that you can begin an exercise routine and get results at any age.
Being active is important to healthy aging. When you are active you can gain strength, and this is vital in being able to perform daily activities on your own. Keeping physically active can also aid in warding off many health issues. In addition, physical activity can often help to alleviate aches and pains and may slow the progression of arthritis. Doing something is always better than doing nothing. The reasons to begin an active lifestyle will far outweigh the reasons not to.
Let’s take a moment to bust some of the myths many people believe that keep them from getting started.
Myth - I am too old.
Truth - Being inactive and sedentary can actually accelerate the aging process.
Myth - I might get hurt.
Truth - If you work at the pace that is right for you and know what you're doing it is unlikely.
Myth - The health issues I have are just a normal part of aging.
Truth - Physical exercise can help ward off and even slow the progression of many health ailments.
The CDC recommends that adults who are 65 and older need:
“At least 150 minutes a week of moderate intensity activity such as brisk walking.
Or they need 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity activity such as hiking, walking or jogging.”
“At least 2 days a week of activities that strengthen muscles.”
*Activities to improve balance such as standing on one foot.” .
The important thing is to keep your body moving, and if you have a limiting condition, modify to what's best for you and your abilities.
I know it may feel daunting to take the first step but keep in mind you can change the way you age exponentially by keeping active. Everything you do can be viewed as an investment in your current state of health and that of your future.
As we have all heard before, there is wealth in our health and it’s never too late to get started.
Get started slowly and seek out activities that you enjoy and if you need guidance on getting started we are to help.