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Exercise for Healthy Aging

By Donna Stark

You probably already know that if you want optimal health, you have to exercise. But do you know that daily physical activity is also vital for a healthy aging process? That's right! A simple morning jog or evening workout can help reduce the risk of the chronic diseases that are prevalent during our golden years. And on top of that, daily moderate exercise can alleviate joint pain, strengthen bones, and increase balance which means the risk of accidental falls can also be reduced. So, keep those excuses to yourself. You're not too old or out of shape to get started. In fact, you couldn't be more perfect than what you are now. Are you ready to begin? Follow these tips.

Get Safety Out of the Way

Daily exercise will help you become stronger and healthier, but you have to know your physical abilities and limitations before you begin. If you have any questions about how to start, are wondering if you should avoid any specific exercises, or have a medical condition you are concerned about, speak to your doctor first.

Start Slowly

Slow and steady wins the race here. If it's been a while since you have been active, start slowly and build your fitness program one step at a time. Split your workouts into smaller increments throughout the day, increase distance and intensity slowly, or ask a personal trainer to help design a safe routine for you to follow. Just be sure that whatever plan you decide to choose, you stick with it!

Find What You Love

You don't need to spend a lot of money to get into shape, you just need to move. But that doesn't include moving from one spot on the couch to the next. Your workouts should be moderately-paced so take a brisk walk in the mornings, join a water aerobics class, or hop on a stationary cycle. And remember to add some strengthening exercises too! The most important decision you can make when choosing an exercise though, is to choose an activity you will find some enjoyment with. That will help keep you motivated to continue!

Your Older Body Is Counting on You!

The actions you take now and the healthy habits you continue to follow will make a significant impact on your future well-being. So, stop worrying about your age, your fitness level, or anything else that might keep you from exercise. Just start adding more movement to your days. Your future body will thank you for it!

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

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