Most people understand that exercise is an important part of leading a healthy life. However, it seems that as people age they are less likely to exercise consistently. As the population of people over the age of 65 continues to increase, the percentage of people exercising in that age group continues to decrease. Estimates show that only 39% of individuals over the age of 65 meet the recommended amount of activity each week (30 minutes of moderate activity 5 days week). This percentage continues a steady downward trend as age continues to increase.
Why is it important to keep moving as you age? Though there are many benefits, here are just a few:
- Increased life expectancy
- Reduced risk of chronic diseases
- Stronger bones and muscles
- Improved balance leading to a reduced risk of falling
- Better weight control
- Lower healthcare costs
- Decreased risk of depression
If what you’re reading has sparked your interest or motivated you to get moving, here are a few pointers:
First, look for facilities that have classes specifically designed for older individuals. Many Adult Fitness providers, including i’move, are intentional about the exercises they include in each class.
Second, make sure the trainers are certified. This ensures they know how to keep you safe while challenging you all at the same time.
Third, see your doctor. No matter your age, it’s always a smart idea to see your doctor before you start a new exercise regimen.
Lastly, be patient with yourself. Your body needs time to adjust to the increased activity in which you’ll be participating. You know your body best and will know how much activity you can tolerate.
An exercise class can be a fun time to socialize, listen to good music, and keep yourself healthy for the long haul. Who knows what you’ll accomplish. Maybe you’ll even wind up running a marathon, completing a triathlon, or leading a yoga class. But even if you don’t, you’ll be glad to be moving.