Have you tried to talk a family member into going to the gym with you? The response was likely something along the lines of "I can't be bothered," or I'm too old to start any physical activity." Surprisingly, several studies show people over 50 don't believe that exercise is an essential part of a lifestyle and lack interest in starting an exercise program.
Without regular exercise, people over the age of 50 may experience more health problems, so we should encourage friends and family to partake in physical movement. Doing some form of exercise 3-5 days a week has many benefits to older adults, both physically and psychologically.
First, we need to break down the perceived barriers of working out, reprogram our self-confidence thoughts, and stop developing a fear of injury. Trust me; we are all on the same page; we're too busy, it's too boring, too tired, and on and on, we go with our excuses. The alternative to not respecting our bodies with movement and good nutrition is the toll on our physical and mental well-being. Without a strong body and core balance, it will deplete muscle mass. The loss of strength and balance can lead to dangerous falls and injuries that make it hard to maintain independence. Staying strong and exercising while you age improves your life and helps you to remain independent. There are indeed certain physiological and mental changes that occur as we age, but one thing remains true - You have a choice to take action and adopt a healthier lifestyle.
Let's look at Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; he is one of Hollywood's busiest actors, and yet he carves time out of 15-hour workdays to hit the gym. On his Instagram page, he is constantly reminding his fan base that the gym is his anchor and sanctuary because it helps him remember—and forget.
Of course, we're not recommending you go and bench press 100lbs overnight, and yes, The Rock is an extreme example of what discipline can be, but what's the alternative? The flip side of having no discipline to move your body might be the endless health repercussions of not living an active life.
Working out makes you feel good about yourself; the process is challenging but once those endorphins start kicking out the happiness hormones - it's so rewarding!
If you've been sedentary for some time or have health issues, please see your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. If you don't have any severe physical/health issues, here are some facts for you as to why you should move.
- Physical movement can improve your mental and emotional functioning and quality of life.
- When you appreciate all your body can do, poor body image diminishes.
- Build confidence in your ability to complete specific tasks.
- Schedule a workout date in your calendar
- Make working out a habit
- Don't let a number (age, scale) dictate your life.
The older we get, the less active we become, the more muscle mass we lose. Nevertheless, one of the best anti-aging therapies you can have during your older years is to engage in low & high-intensity physical exercise. Resistance training is extremely beneficial and can help you maintain your muscle mass over the years.
#2 Eat well
People are more likely to ditch their personal care routines altogether as they age. Regardless of age, one thing remains true - your body needs certain essential nutrients to sustain a healthy functioning body. Include whole quality foods that will keep you satiated. These will help curb your appetite, and you'll be less likely to overeat.
#3 Manage Stress
Stress management is an important aspect of your personal care routine and anti-aging habits. The trick is to learn how to manage your stress level and triggers. Remember, internal self-regulation is essential! Ask yourself, "Is this going to matter in 5 years?"
The key to all change comes from you - it starts with YOU! You have the opportunity to make powerful decisions every day and choose actions and habits that will ultimately improve your quality of life.
Stay active, eat well, and rest.
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