A Guide to Getting Fit and Healthy Later on in Life

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Many people think that once they’ve reached a certain age, it’s too late for them to get any fitter or healthier. This is completely false! It’s never too late for you to get fitter, healthier, and live a higher quality of life. This guide will help you to become fitter in no time at all, whatever your age:

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Practice Stretching and Good Posture

If you feel like you’re too unfit/old to start anything, consider starting with stretching and posture. Consciously sit up straight when you sit and stand. Focus on holding your shoulders back, chest out, and head high. You can also stretch your legs, arms, and anywhere else you feel appropriate. They can be really gentle stretches, or more complicated stretches, such as Yoga positions. It all depends on your current fitness level and what you feel you can manage.

Choose a Low Impact Exercise

If you feel up to it, try a low impact exercise. A low impact exercise is one that doesn’t affect the joints as much. Running isn’t very low impact, as it can be hard on the knees and other joints. However, walking and swimming are very low impact and great for older people. Choose the one you enjoy and do it a couple of times a week. It doesn’t matter how old you are; there are even activities for seniors in assisted living. This means coming out of your room and staying as flexible as possible.

Don’t Overeat

As we get older, we need fewer calories to survive. That, combined with the fact that elderly people have slower metabolisms, means you can pile on weight. Don’t overeat! You need to make sure you’re eating enough to nourish yourself and give yourself energy, but don’t eat too much.

Keep a Close Eye on Changes

Keep a close eye on any changes in your health. If you notice any changes, big or small, make sure you see somebody about it ASAP. You might not want to make a fuss, but this can stop small problems becoming big problems.

Eat and Drink the Right Things

Eating and drinking the right things is vital for staying healthy as you age. Make sure you’re getting lots of natural foods full of vitamins and minerals. Not only will you look great, you’ll feel great too! These foods will also support the activities you’re doing.

Get Plenty of Quality Sleep

Quality sleep is essential as we age. We don’t need to sleep as much, so the quality must be high!

Keep Your Brain Active

Not only should you keep your body active, but your brain too. Make sure you challenge yourself with different games and puzzles to keep it strong.

You’re never too old to start exercising and eating the right things. The sooner you start, the sooner you can enjoy a better quality of life. You’ll live longer, be more mobile, flexible, and feel happier. Do you have any suggestions for people wanting to get fit later on? Leave a comment below!

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