Staying Active and Healthy as You Age
Our founder and spokesman Roger Teeter frequently talks about the importance of maintaining functional fitness into one’s senior years. And he lives by example – here’s Roger earlier this month teaching his 5-year old grandson how to waterski! To Roger, and so many other super seniors out there, it’s all about the ability to stay active and do what you love.
Roger has practiced healthy habits for many years on top of a regular program of inversion. But even if you haven’t had the healthiest lifestyle, it’s never too late reap the benefits of taking good care of yourself. Follow these tips to get on track to a healthier lifestyle, whatever your age.
1. Stretch it Out
As we age, our muscles become shorter and lose their elasticity. This causes your muscles to stiffen and decrease range of motion. Too much inactivity will exacerbate the problem and make movement even more difficult!
Regular stretching activates the fluids in your joints, thereby reducing the wear-and-tear caused by friction. The better range of motion caused by stretching will also protect you from injury. It increases the distance your limbs can travel before injury occurs to your muscles and tendons.
2. Stay Moving
Along with stiff joints, your muscle mass begins to decrease with age and inactivity. Loss of muscle mass can eventually affect your daily life by making it difficult to walk or lift objects. For those with sedentary lifestyles, the rate of hospitalizations, doctor visits, and prescription usage increases.
Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. It also helps control body weight, lower your blood pressure and strengthen your muscles, which helps you avoid injuries. It doesn’t take much – milder activities such as walking, gardening or cleaning the house are great ways to stay healthy as you age.
3. Keep Weight in Check
Your metabolism – or the rate at which you burn calories – slows with age, making it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Those extra pounds do more than impact your waistline, they increase your chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and joint problems*. Low calorie, nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruits and healthy proteins will give you the energy you need to stay active and lower your risk of weight-related health issues.
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