Fitness is important at every age. It impacts how people move and feel, whittling down such numbers as weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and it can even improve one’s overall mood. Being active is a winning move inside and out, regardless of age. However, there are some myths about exercising in the later years of life that everyone should be aware of.
Too Old to Exercise
The opposite of this is true; not moving for older people is risky and can even speed up aging. When people are inactive, they have twice the chance of developing heart disease. They also need more doctor appointments and take a greater number of medications. Even a walk of 10–15 minutes is a good start for those who have been out of practice.
Risk of Injury
Older people often believe they will hurt themselves if they get back into activity. This is untrue so long as they work inside their limits. The first step is talking to a doctor. Medical professionals can advise which activities to avoid and which to try. It is important to remember that when people are more physically fit, they are less likely to become injured.
At times, people of advanced age are afraid their hearts are not strong enough to exercise. The truth is that regular exercise does not put the heart at risk, but rather helps to strengthen it. Marathons are unnecessary to achieve this; even a brisk walk will do, which will help blood circulation as well.
Many people believe they cannot afford to get fit. It is true that people can spend a lot of money on gym memberships or pieces of exercise equipment, but you need not spend a dime to get fit. Spending an hour in the backyard gardening is good exercise, for example. So is donning a pair of well-fitting athletic shoes that provide good support and walking or jogging regularly.
Not Moving Well
Older people often say they cannot exercise because they do not move as once they did. The important factor is not to judge what is possible today by what was doable in the past. A Yale University showed that seniors walking a mere twenty minutes a day had a lesser chance of mobility disability when two years had passed.