Exercise is your key to aging well, start now!

July 7, 2016

If you’re planning for your retirement, don’t forget to incorporate some form of exercise into your daily activities. Daily exercise can be your key to staying happy and healthy during your retirement years. By helping to increase your mobility and stamina, you’ll be physically fit and in top form to enjoy all that your upcoming retirement has to offer.

Regular exercise after retirement has numerous health benefits. It helps to prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis, and can give you a greater sense of self confidence and well being. Plus, regular, calorie burning exercise will help control your weight which further reduces your risk of chronic disease.

It’s never too late to start exercising. Studies have shown that regular exercise started later in life has protective benefits against disease and can prolong longevity. Daily exercise can also offset some of the age related decline in muscle mass. Studies have shown that muscle strength declines by as much as 30% every ten years after the age of seventy. Much of this decline can be averted by the performance of regular strength training exercise.

In addition to participating in muscle strengthening exercise such as resistance training, aerobic exercise should be an important part of your exercise routine. Aerobic exercise can help to improve the efficiency of your heart and lungs which reduces your chance of experiencing a heart attack during your senior years.

For your aerobic activity of choice, you have a variety of options to choose from including aerobics classes, dancing, cycling, rapid walking, jogging, and swimming. Don’t feel as if you have to restrict yourself to a single choice. Studies have shown you can benefit even more by varying your chosen fitness activity. Why not ride a bike one day and dance to some country and western music the next? You’re less likely to get bored and you’ll use a variety of muscle groups which will give you added benefits in the form of sleek, toned muscles.

If you don’t want to exercise alone, why not sign up for an exercise class at your local community center, health club, or YMCA? You’ll find lots of from others who are trying to improve their health through exercise. You may even consider getting a personal trainer or a fitness buddy to help motivate you and make your exercise sessions more fun.

The world of exercise and fitness can open up whole new opportunities and challenges for you during your retirement. Why not discover the possibilities that a regular fitness program can offer?

About the Author

Doug Breuer is co-founder of MyCareMatch.com and has worked in senior care for the last 9 years for the State of Oregon. From investigating cases of elder abuse to managing the delivery of long term care to residents of Central Oregon, Doug has been involved in all aspects of senior care.

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