Staying Active at Any Age: Tips for Prolonged Wellness

Staying Active at Any Age

Throughout all stages of our lives, staying active is key to health and wellness. As a general rule, people of all ages should participate in exercise that engages all parts of their body for total fitness. Physical activity will not only improve your mental and physical well-being, but it will ultimately allow you to live a life that you enjoy!

Exercise as a Whole: Examining the Bigger Picture

Studies continue to support the idea that exercise at any age provides benefits well beyond weight management. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or your goal is to sprinkle in exercise whenever/wherever you can, consistent physical activity will allow you to live your best and healthiest life. Take a look at some (but not all) of the good things it promises!

  • Weight Management – Including weight-loss and weight maintenance
  • Mental Clarity – Such as improved memory and increased concentration
  • Disease Prevention – Including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers
  • Increased Energy – This accompanies better sleep quality and physical stamina
  • Stress Reduction – Including relaxation and anxiety management
  • Healthier Muscles and Bones – Exercise makes them stronger and flexible!
  • Pain Reduction – Exercise relieves chronic pain and improves quality of life
  • And SO much more!

Tips for Staying Active at Any Age

Many people find that with age, exercise becomes more difficult. We often find ourselves facing decreased energy, increased pain and very little time to devote to physical activity. However, there are plenty of factors we have control over that can make exercise easier and more feasible. Take a look at some of the tips below for staying active at any age!

Participate in Active Activities 

This could be yard work, house work or extracurricular activities that get you up and moving. If you have an opportunity to get off the couch and do something different, do it!

Exercise Multiple Times Per Week

This doesn’t have to be exercise that takes up an hour of your time each and every day. Even 20-30 minutes a few days a week can have a significant impact.

Engage in Diverse Exercise

Don’t be afraid to switch things up! Maybe you go swimming one day and power-walking the next. Think outside the box and also consider exercises like hiking, recreational sports, dancing and Yoga. It all counts — as long as you stay moving!

Eat Healthy, Well-balanced Meals

You will feel your best physically if you devote time and energy into good nutrition. Try to eat as many lean, healthy and whole foods as possible, but remember — everything in moderation.

Lean on Others

You are more likely to stay physically active if you engage in exercise with other people. This may be reason enough to take a group fitness class or get active with your friends and family.

Making the Most Out of Exercise

If you’re serious about making exercise a regular part of your healthy lifestyle, make it a habit to maximize each workout. This way, you increase the effectiveness of each and every movement! For tips on maximizing your workouts, CLICK HERE.

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