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Whether you want to admit it or not, you are getting older. We all are. While we may still feel like we are in our 40’s we’re reaching 50, 60, 70 or even older and as we do get older we need to remember that exercise does not stop at 50.
In order for us to live a long and healthier life we need to keep active but we also need to remember that we need to adjust our exercise routines to accommodate changes in our body.
This past summer I turned 64 and although I still feel like I’m in my late 20’s with my outlook on life, my body does occasionally speak back and reminds me to slow down a bit. It also reminds me that whenever I start a new exercise program I need to take it slow and build up over the weeks.
But for many senior citizens, the thought of beginning a new exercise regimen can seem daunting. You may feel tired, depressed – or anxious about moving your body when your mobility could have been compromised over the years.
But what you need to understand is that exercise has the ability to eliminate those issues – all of them! In the very beginning, it might wear you out a bit, but that’s only because people tend to overdo it.
Take it slow and merge into more movement and your energy levels will soar, not diminish. As for depression, well exercise is known to release feel good hormones known as endorphins.
You’ll start to feel better, and the chance to exercise could mean enhancing your social activity (if you want it to). Then there’s anxiety about mobility. You don’t want to start off doing back handstands, but you moving around more and strengthening the core of your body will help, not hurt, your mobility.
Let’s look at some more of the main benefits of exercise as a senior, and get a little more in depth about them so that you can embrace the idea of developing a fitness routine in your golden years.