Exercise is a love/hate relationship for many people, especially as we age. In our youth, we exercise often without even realizing it. Children and adolescents are physically active daily by walking the halls, attending gym class, partaking in extracurricular activities like walking around the mall, going to the gym, and of course playing sports.
But as we get older and these are not baked into our everyday routine, it could be easy to find yourself slipping into an inactive lifestyle. Whether you work a desk job or encounter physical obstacles that make exercise both less appealing and physically difficult, making sure you move around throughout your days becomes more crucial.
It may not seem like much, but simply moving around throughout your home during the day is far better than remaining sedentary. During the nice weather, there are plenty of ways to engage in physical activity outdoors. It could be as simple as walking around your yard, or it could involve a hobby such as gardening. And while the winter cold spells and extreme heat waves may make moving around outside an additional obstacle, moving indoors by keeping up with at-home tasks would still have a considerable difference on your health.
Thegreenfields.org lists 5 areas of health that improve with physical activity, you can click here to read the below in greater detail:
1. Disease prevention
2. Improved Mental Health
3. Decreased Risks of Falls
4. Social Engagement
5. Improved Cognitive Function
Exercise may not be the thing most associated with the senior lifestyle, but it could be the most dangerous aspect to overlook. However, small changes towards movement-based activity can go a long way in not only lengthening your life, but also improving the quality of it!
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