How To Keep Fit As You Grow Older
It is surprising how many people let themselves go as they grow older! Look around you at work and at your recreational venues – how many people can you see that are over weight or generally unfit for no other reason than they eat too much and fail to maintain an active life?
The trouble is that many people fall into a sedentary way of life as they grow older, becoming managers or supervisors as opposed to workers. This generalisation continues to people who earn more as they get older, spending their money on rich foods, drink and other entertainments.
The trouble is that as we get more money and find ourselves in a position where our lives demand less effort, then our bodies are also becoming less able to repair themselves and maintain a fit and healthy state. So there is an increasing tendency to become unhealthy for both our bodies and our minds.
However, it does not take a great deal to stay reasonably fit as you grow older. Just because you pass the age of 50 say (and many people go to seed long before this) does not mean that the 20, 30, 40 or more years that you have left need not be as full and as active as those preceding!
“It is never too late to be what you where meant to be”
When I was about 48 years old I got a dog – within a month I had lost 7 pounds in weight. Previously, although not unhealthy or grossly overweight, I would avoid walking activities on the basis that my “knees were getting a bit creaky”. Now four years later I walk some 5 to 10 miles every day and my legs and joints feel much stronger. It certainly helped me by getting the dog – which is now part of the family of course – and has probably saved me from becoming obese.
It may not be necessary to pursue strenuous exercises as you get older, and indeed for many this would be just as unhealthy as not exercising at all, but there are many activities that are highly beneficial and enjoyable as well – such as swimming, walking and cycling. These non-impact activities will strengthen many of your bodies muscle groups and provide a respiratory work out that will most likley lead to you talking up further pursuits that you though you had passed by many years ago!
It is important to keep fit as you grow older to try to live as long and as healthy a life as possible. It is so easy to let the waist band expand and create a burden on your heart and self esteem that the longer you leave it becomes harder to rectify. It is never too late to start looking after yourself but of course the best policy is to maintain a healthy lifestye all through your life.