The Journal of the American Medical Association encourages older adults to keep active and remain fit to help prolong your life. Keeping active and fit can help prevent and delay illnesses or disabilities as you grow older.
Physical fitness is important throughout your life, and is just as important at older ages as younger. Being active has been shown to lower risks of falls. Fitness has been shown to lower risks to heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and even promote longevity.
Most older adults may safely do exercises, fitness regimens, and physical activities while following guidelines by your doctor, a fitness trainer, or physical therapist. Get an evaluation on your overall fitness, and find out the best workout for you. Each of us is an individual, and your workout routine needs to fit your own needs, not those of someone else. Follow your fitness routine, and before you know it, you will increase your overall fitness level.
Regular physical activity can also improve mental function in older adults. We all know older adults with memory complaints. Look at a study published in 2008 to find the connection between overall fitness, an active lifestyle, and improved memory function.
Choose activities you enjoy. Just like when you were younger, if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t follow through and do it. Plan to make being fit a part of your everyday life. Simple routines at home can help you stay fit, limber, and active.
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