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Staying Fit as You Age

By Donna Stark

When I go to the gym with my daughter, I am very aware of how much I have aged. It's funny how our children can do that to us, isn't it? Without even realizing it, they remind us of our younger years and of all the things that we did to stay active ourselves. The weekend ski trips, the group hikes early on Sunday mornings, the pick-up volleyball games that went well into the night ... times were different back then, and if you weren't out doing something, you were home sleeping. Studies suggest that if you are active when you are young, you will continue to be active when you are older. That aspect of life pretty much stays the same. The thing that changes though, is how you remain active, because what you did when you were in your 20s may not be the best idea to do now.

Staying Fit as You Age

Sure, you were once a spring chicken, full of spontaneity and action, but now? Well, now your body hurts. And although you know you need to be physically active, it seems that lately, you are running out of ideas on what to do. Here are some suggestions on how to make exercise an everyday reality for the body you now live in. Take a look.

  • Walking - Walking is a great low-impact exercise that can be intensified whenever you want it to be. You can make it even more fun by grabbing some friends or joining a local walking group. And by adding hills, increasing your distance, and adjusting your speed, each day can be a new workout.
  • Swimming or water exercise - Whether you swim for speed or not, water exercise is definitely great for your body. It's another low-impact exercise that can help reduce the pain you feel in your body while also improving your strength and fitness level.  
  • Boxing - No bloody faces here, just a lot of arm building. Boxing is an effective way to maintain your weight and increase your upper body strength.
  • Golfing - Increase your strength, maintain your weight (stay off the carts and walk), and improve your flexibility by swinging some clubs at your local golf course. Golfing is also a perfect way to get some sunlight and reduce your stress.
  • Dancing - Burn some calories and get fit while doing so! Dancing is one of the most social and fun ways to stay physically active. It helps to improve your balance, strength, and endurance, and on top of that, it's also great for your cognitive abilities too!

Fitness at Every Age

The need to exercise at all ages can't be stressed enough and the benefits that come from it are too important to ignore. Staying active is essential to reduce the risk of complex health issues as you age. It's also essential for those times when you need to keep up with your child at the gym. Trust me, I know this well.

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

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