Staying Fit as You Age
Many difficulties of aging are linked to an inactive lifestyle. And while your chronological age may be 55, your biological age can be 35 if you follow a consistent exercise program. Before you start, check with your doctor, especially if you have any of the risk factors for heart disease (smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or family history). Then, get moving.
A complete fitness program must include the following:
- Aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise works the large muscles in your body, benefitting your cardiovascular system and your weight. Work up to get 20 or more minutes per session, 3 or 4 times a week.
- Strength training. Lifting weights improves your strength and posture, maintains bone strength, reduces the risk of lower back injury, and also helps you tone.
- Mobility. Mobility exercises help maintain flexibility and range of motion in joints. They also reduce the risk of injury and muscle soreness. Yoga and Pilates are good forms of mobility exercise; they build core body strength and increase stability.