Fitness is not all about being sexy! Sometimes it is hard to remember that with all of the weight loss advertisements and fitness magazines with buff models.
Exercise is about health and well being. It's about maintaining and building muscle mass so you can remain independent and strong when you get older.
Here Are 3 Reasons To Start Exercising If You Are Over 50
1. Muscle Mass. Every year after you are 35 you lose 5% of your overall muscle mass every ten years. That is a lot! The good news is one strength training session a week keeps muscle mass and better yet, 2 sessions builds more!
2. Heart and Lung Capacity. As we age our muscles get weaker, especially the most important one of all, the heart! Our lungs do not function as well as they used to and it becomes harder to walk up the stairs or go out for a stroll with your family. Training for aerobic capacity can keep your heart and lungs functioning longer and stronger.
3. Functional Training. Training to deal with day to day activities is important at any age. When you get older you will still want to be able to carry your groceries home and put away cans on a high shelf. As well as activities such as gardening and home renovations. Training will keep you lively, energetic and independent so you can enjoy your later years.
Strength and cardiovascular training is always a great way to feel better about your health and continue to reach goals no matter how old you are! Even if you have never picked up a dumbbell, exercise will be beneficial.
Exercise At Any Age!