There is a certain stigma that comes with aging. For the most part, people already expect their lives to be filled with aches and pains, not to mention a long list of medications just to function throughout the day. Unfortunately, there might be some truth in this but that doesn’t mean you have to be part of the evidence.
Regardless of your age you don’t have to fall victim to this stigma. You can maintain a healthy body and mind just by exercising and staying active. It’s time to put that stigma where it belongs, because here are a few reasons why it’s never too late to start exercising, no matter what your age.
Nothing is quite as boring as statistics, but in this case they serve as inspiration. For example, a 12 year study (published in The Journal of the American Medical Association) by a leading researcher and PhD, Edward Gregg, followed 9,500 women on their journey to a healthier life. The average age of these women at the starting date was 66 and they weren’t significantly active. In fact, they just waited for age to take its toll.
The ladies were asked to walk one mile a day and the research showed that just one mile on a daily basis, cut all their health dangers in half, including the risk of cancer. It also showed beneficial effects on the mind, such as decreased levels of depression and a more positive mindset. When the researchers returned six years later, they were more than just a little impressed, because many of the ladies were walking up to eight miles at the age of 77.
But it’s not just women who benefit from becoming active. To put this into perspective, men can lengthen their lives with six healthy years and women with five, just by doing a little exercise once or twice a week. The keyword here is a “healthy” life at an old age, and yes, it doesn’t matter when you start. You can be 70 and still change your life for the better.
How To Make The Healthy Change
There are several studies across America and the UK that prove exercising at any age makes a huge difference, but how do you implement it?
– See Your Doctor First
Before you begin to work up a sweat, talk to your doctor. Get some guidance on what type of exercises you can do without any unnecessary risks, especially if you have a certain condition that prevents you from doing certain exercises.
– Start Small
Just because you might feel you lost out over years doesn’t mean you have to go overboard now. Even younger people start off with small steps and gradually challenge themselves. As mentioned earlier, walking just one mile a day can have significant effects.
– Make It A Group Effort
If you’re worried about staying motivated then ask others to join you. With a group atmosphere, it’s going to be a lot more fun and you’ll be able to encourage each other.
– Choose Your Exercise
Last but not least, choose exercises you actually enjoy doing. You’re not trying to build muscle or compete in the Olympics. You want to improve your quality of life so that you can enjoy every day to the fullest. In other words, take on activities you know you’ll find interesting.
People weren’t made to sit around and wait for an illness to break them down. People of all ages are meant to be as active as their bodies will let them. Always remember that there is a constant connection between the body and mind. When your body is a good shape, even at the age of 80, your mind will naturally follow. So don’t let your age prescribe how you should be feeling. Make that change right now and begin reaping the benefits.
Jeff Wise is a health care professional who specializes in senior care. If you are looking for premium in-home care for your loved one, visit MiamiHomeCareServices.com today.