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Aging and Exercise Go Hand in Hand

By Genevieve Cunningham

Aging is a necessary part of life. We want to get older. We want to celebrate more birthdays and experience as much life as possible. But the actual process of aging is really hard. We watch our bodies change -- and not in ways that we want them to. Our skin wrinkles and changes color. Our joints ache and our bodies put on a little weight. But even with the changes, it's possible to enjoy your aging years. How? With exercise. If you'd like to make the aging process as enjoyable as possible, take a look at why you should start an exercise routine as soon as today. 

Why You Need Exercise Through the Years

Exercise is recommended by every healthcare professional. Your doctor wants you to exercise. Your chiropractor wants you to exercise. Your personal trainer, dietitian, and therapist want you to exercise. But why? Exercise brings benefits that affect body, mind, and soul. It helps you manage your weight, strengthens the muscles, maintains balance, keeps the mind clear and focused, continually boosts your mood, and so much more. It can lower the risk of major diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. As we age, exercise helps us to stay active -- whether that's walks with a spouse, attending our children or grandchildren's activities, or partaking in personal hobbies. And activity is one of the most important factors in staying young! If you want good health -- both mentally and physically -- exercise should be a constant companion in your life. 

Great Exercises That Stand the Test of Time

For some, exercise seems intimidating. The thought of running miles or lifting heavy weights is enough to send them in the other direction. But exercise doesn't have to be so difficult. It can be gentle. If you want to partake in exercise for the rest of your life, consider low-impact exercises such as walking, yoga, Pilates, swimming, aerobics, and similar activities. You should choose routines that you enjoy. Routines that keep you motivated and up and moving. Find an exercise that feels good now but that will also last as you age. If you can do that, you'll be well on your way to a lifetime of better health.

Exercise should be a part of your life no matter your age. Young adult? You need exercise! Approaching the golden years? It's time to get moving! Make sure that you make an active lifestyle the goal, and you can improve the quality of your health and your life as the years go by. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Smyrna, Ga.

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