“Age is a state of mind.”
“You’re only as old as you feel.”
We’ve all heard these adages. They’ve been around for a long time. But despite their age, they have incredible longevity. Why? Because they get a lot of mileage. They are old, but they are “active.”
You can be, too.
In fact, if you are a senior citizen older than 65, starting a personal fitness program is imperative to your health.
Here are three reasons you are never too old to start exercising (and why you should):
- It is necessary – The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion stresses that “regular physical activity is essential for healthy aging.” Older adults are the least physically active of any age group in the United States. Because of this, cardiovascular exercise and weight or resistance training are equally important for this population. Regular, moderate exercise (at least 150 minutes per week) offers substantial health benefits that range from increasing muscle mass and bone density to reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Exercise aids in weight loss, lowers blood pressure, fights off depression, and has been shown to improve memory and cognitive skills.
- It may come naturally – “Muscle memory” is a scientific phenomenon in which your body’s connective tissue recalls movement and exercises from earlier in your life, making it easier to start a personal fitness program after a lengthy hiatus. This means even after years of inactivity, your body’s natural inclinations can help you rediscover your younger self.
- It is accessible – Finding a personal fitness program that is right for you has never been easier. Fitness Together Ellicott City, for example, offers private, one-on-one sessions led by certified trainers in fully equipped workout suites. Retirees are also often free from the common excuses and/or time restraints that can cause younger adults to skip their studio sessions, allowing them more time to zero in on a goal and achieve it.
While certain precautions should be taken for senior citizens with chronic conditions, such as osteoarthritis, these are not reasons to give up on a fitness plan. A discussion with your physician is a good place to start. Prior to committing to an exercise program, you will want to discover what your precise limitations are, as conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure all have an impact on what course of action you take to become healthier.
As our bodies age, they simply take longer to recuperate from physical stresses. A personal trainer will help you establish a personal fitness program that takes all medical concerns into consideration, helping you to avoid injury while getting stronger with every step.