How to Get Stronger as You Get Older
By Sara Butler
People often associate wisdom with growing older and you don’t often hear that the older you are, the stronger you are. In fact, growing older is often associated with growing weaker, but this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many ways you can keep your body at its best as you grow older. Here are a few ways you can keep your body growing stronger as you age.
Find a Routine
One of the most important ways to make health a focus in your life is to create a healthy routine you follow each day. Once a routine is established, then you have to stick to it. Of course, you can mix things up from time to time, but you have to find a way to be active and commit to it -- no matter your age. Just keep in mind that the things you did to stay in shape at 25 may not be the same things you need to keep in shape at 65, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
A few ideas to help you stay strong as you get older include:
- Taking a water aerobics class
- Play tennis
- Practice pickleball
- Go for a walk after dinner
- Play golf without a golf cart
- Tai chi
Focus on Nutrition
Getting strong and staying that way doesn’t happen in the gym only -- it happens in your kitchen too. A balanced diet is the key to staying strong no matter your age. You need enough protein to build and maintain muscle and make sure to eat three meals per day to keep your metabolism humming along. Many people skip breakfast, but it’s often referred to as the most important meal of the day for a reason. Many studies have shown that skipping meals contributes to obesity, so eat regularly to help you attain and maintain a healthy weight.
Making it through mid-life can be tough. People often go through a crisis where they take on things that they can’t afford or aren’t physically able to do. Staying strong as you get older may not help you with your mid-life crisis, but it can help you to keep your focus on health and longevity. After all, what’s the point of a long life if you don’t feel your best while living it?
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Marietta, Ga.