If you have reached the age of eighty, you might think: “I have earned a little break” when it comes to exercising.
On the flip side, if you have never spent much time in the gym, you might believe that it is too little, too late—that thought can be discouraging and even prevent you from trying to get active. However, do not lose motivation as there is new information that proves exercising in your later years can be extremely beneficial!
A new study indicates that seniors who have not exercised regularly at any point in their lives can still benefit significantly from adopting an exercise regimen. In the study, men in their seventies and eighties who lacked a former exercise routine were found to build muscle mass in a similar manner to master athletes of the same age. The extensive benefits of increased muscle mass include: a boost in metabolism, prevention or reduction in cases of osteoporosis and other bone and joint issues, enhanced posture, more lean body mass and even increased energy levels.
Seniors should talk with a doctor before beginning a new exercise program and adopt it slowly, particularly if they have not exercised regularly in the past. When embarking on a new regimen, a little soreness is generally expected, but it is important to pay attention to how your body is feeling and adjust as needed.
Some viable exercise options include weightlifting, swimming, walking, biking, yoga and Pilates, and even activities like gardening and taking the stairs more often. Many gyms and senior centers also offer classes geared at ages fifty-five and older.
While it is ideal to focus on diet and exercise well before the age of eighty, the study highlighted that it is never too late to start and never too late to make a difference in your health. You may end up feeling less sluggish and one thing is for certain: you will not regret trying!
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