Stay Active, Healthy, and Strong in 50s, 60s, 70s, and Beyond
No matter your age, it’s never too late to stay vibrant and improve your heart health, strength, balance, and mobility by maintaining an active lifestyle.
We all know that exercise is a key component of good health. But some people think that the older we get the more we should slow down to prevent injury and accidents.
Nothing could be further from the truth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical activity offers older men and women significant benefits, including helping to control arthritis and maintain healthy bones, stamina, and muscle strength, all of which help prevent falls. It also reduces the risk of dying from heart disease, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Physical activity may even improve your memory. One study of 120 older adults without dementia, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), found that moderate aerobic exercise increased the size of the hippocampus (a part of the brain that plays a role in memory) and improved spatial memory, which allows you to recall where things are located on both a short- and long-term basis.
You may wonder, though, if you can really manage a fitness routine at your age. You may think that you’re too out of shape, too sick, or simply too tired to give it a go. Sure, your body may have changed over the years, but there’s no question that you can become stronger, more agile, and healthier than you are today. If you have a chronic condition or haven’t had a physical in years, check with your doctor first. They can tell you if you are able to do any activity you want or if you need to stick to certain activities that are safe for you.