Fit For Life – Keep Fit As You Age
Believe it or not, you work on your balance every time you walk or stand to get out of a chair. However, you might need more practice as you get older.
A few simple exercises you can add to your daily life, like walking sideways or backward, or standing on one leg while talking on the phone.
It improves balance, builds up your stamina, and strengthens your core.
By stimulating the growth of muscle and bone, strength training helps prevent osteoporosis and frailty.
What kind of exercise
While exercise may not be the fountain of youth, it is the best tool you have for a long, healthy life.
It lowers the odds of many serious conditions, such as:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Alzheimer’s disease
Try resistance band workouts, pilates, walking, bodyweight workouts, and dumbbell strength training.
To stay flexible takes work. This means you need to stretch. But stretching is not alike.
Our muscles and joints weaken as we age, and our range of motion decreases.
Active stretching involves moving through the stretch, rather than staying still. A great alternative to tai chi is yoga.
Around the age of 30, you begin to lose muscle. Your bone density decreases, increasing your chances of falling and breaking a bone, but the loss of muscle isn’t permanent.
In addition to increasing bone and tendon strength, stretching slows the loss of muscle fibers and tissue associated with aging.
Stretching is just as effective for preserving muscle and range of motion as weight machines, free weights, such as dumbbells, resistance bands, and your own body weight exercises.