September is Healthy Aging month and a time to bring special awareness to exercise and healthy living for adults in their later years.
Older adults are among the fastest growing age groups. Baby boomers are the post-war generation defined more formally as those born between 1946 and 1964. In 2019, they will be aged between 55 and 73 and account for nearly 14.3 million (21.3%) of the UK’s population. (Aegon, 2019)
Older adults are at a higher risk of developing chronic illnesses and related disabilities depending on the lifestyle they live and their genetic factors. Studies have shown that introducing a healthy routine such as regular exercise and clean living can help maintain a healthy mind and body.
Fitness is something that everyone can do regardless of age. Staying fit and going to the gym or for a run no longer has the restricted stigmas that were once associated with these activities. You can be young, old, thin or overweight. It doesn’t matter who and what you like the only resistance is your own way of thinking or a lack of confidence to give it a try. A recent research study has found that it doesn’t matter if you have been a regular exerciser throughout life, you can still derive benefit from exercise whenever you start.
There are so many ways to stay active yet many people are still reluctant to give it a go. Others may start with all the best intentions but then give up due to time restrictions. A busy lifestyle with work demands and or children are the biggest culprits. After a long day at the office the last thing that some people want to do is go for a run, or do a workout.
However, a variety of studies have shown that exercise is the best thing for you and that healthy living helps to slow down the aging process. A healthy lifestyle can reduce stress which in turn gives the body balance helping to reduce high blood pressure and weight gain. Exercise and eating healthy foods can also ameliorate a variety of health conditions that attack the body and make one age quicker than necessary. The difficulty is finding the right form of exercise that can fit in with your lifestyle so here are some simple ideas:
Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy body and brain. Simple things such as going for a walk, doing gardening, walking the dog or taking the kids to school helps the body to move and gets you out and about.
Take up Yoga or Pilates
If you are feeling more ambitious and would like to get in touch with your inner self Yoga and Pilates are a great way to get connected. A Yoga or Pilates class will help to calm your mind and stretch your body. It’s also a good way to meet people and socialise.
Try BX Plans
BX Plans was first devised by Dr Orban in the 1950s and integrated into the conditioning used for the Royal Canadian Air Force. It has been used by many celebrities and high profile personalities such as Helen Mirren. The beauty of BX Plans is that it can be done in your home and in your own time. There are no gym fees or special equipment needed.
For those that would like something more physical Weight Training is proving to be quite popular for mature adults. Research conducted shows that even those who are entirely unaccustomed to exercise can benefit from resistance exercises such as weight training whether young or old.
These are just a few ideas to get you moving. Starting simply and maintaining an easy schedule is the best way to exercise. Just by adding simple and light exercises a few days during the week to your lifestyle will make you feel and look better, which will slow down the aging process and give you a better quality of life.