Getting older does not mean slowing down but instead should urge you to get moving. Your body may make it harder to stay active if you suffer from what most us do - those common aches and pains that didn’t exist just 10 years ago. Stop dwelling (unless otherwise advised by a doctor) and develop an exercise routine that’s right for you. Before you do, don’t buy into these common exercise myths you may have once believed:
MYTH #1: Running is better exercise and burns more calories than walking.
The American Heart Association reported that moderately paced walking can be just as effective as running for reducing blood pressure, cholesterol levels and the risk for diabetes and heart disease. So, don’t feel guilty if your joints don’t allow you to run like you used to. Don’t give up! There are also many new digital devices track to help motivate you to get moving. Look into local hiking trails, visit your local gym or take a morning walk with your best friend to get those steps in to improve your overall health.
MYTH #2: There is a one-size-fits-all exercise routine.
If you can’t keep up with the exercise class you are used to taking, don’t let that get you down. It just means your body, and its needs, are different than those around you, even if they are your same age. Intensity of exercise varies from individual to individual, depending on age, physical condition and many other factors. As long as you mix up your routines to include aerobic, strengthening and flexibility components, as well as exercises that improve balance, you should feel confident about your exercise routine.
MYTH #3: Exercise only benefits the body.
Many people attribute exercise to burning calories, losing weight, and of course getting into better shape. However, there are so many other benefits of exercise but one organ it helps, that can’t be ignored, is the brain. In fact, the brain can become damaged by inactivity. Physical exercise strengthens connections in the brain and lessens the damaging effects of stress and depression. It also slows the shrinkage of the brain that happens as we age. So, next time you are debating on going to a movie or going on a bike ride, throw on your tennis shoes and helmet!
The fact is, it’s never too late to develop a fitness routine and what better time to start than today. Visit For Health & Living’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/forhealthandliving and show us how you stay active!
To learn more about free exercise classes in your area hosted by Inter Valley Health Plan, please visit: www.forhealthandliving.com.
*Its best to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercised routine*
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan