Age Is Really Just A Number & You’re Never Too Old To Start Exercising
Many times I hear women say that they are too old to start working out now, well ladies I have to tell you age is really just number and you are never too old to start exercising. If you are still breathing, have a pulse, can move about and have no medical conditions that prevent you from doing so, there should be no reason whatsoever that you shouldn’t be adding some form of exercise into your everyday life, whatever your age…
Our bodies were built to move and if we don’t get up and use them we can slowly lose the ability to do so effectively. Studies have shown that incorporating exercise into your life can slow down the process of ageing with the best two types of exercise being cardiovascular and strength training.
By regularly participating in some form of fitness and making the right lifestyle changes you can even be the healthiest you have ever been at any time in your life if you really wanted to.
“It’s never too late and you are never too old to become better”
Benefits Of Exercise
Regular exercise can improve the quality of your life in so many different ways from just putting you in a better mood, to assisting your immune system to function efficiently therefore helping prevent disease and fighting infections, and even to enhancing your sex life. Also just by doing a little exercise you will have a better quality night’s sleep and therefore will have more energy the following day.
Exercise can help aid brain function by improving your memory and cognitive skills such as thinking and problem solving, therefore helping you carry out tasks throughout your working day. Research has even shown that it even can help in the repair of damaged cells and the production of new brain cells. Plus it can also play a huge part in preventing the onset of dementia.
More and more older women are regularly following structured fitness programs and showing the world the amazing things they are capable of achieving.
If you don’t believe me then watch the video below of the amazing Ernestine Shepard, who is the world’s oldest competitive female bodybuilder at the age of 80
Another great benefit of any physical activity is that it burns extra calories, therefore as long as you’re not overeating you can actually lose weight. Plus if you also incorporate strength training exercises to build muscle, not only will you burn more calories during the activity but will even do so when you’re resting later in the day.
A regular structured exercise routine along with the right nutrition over time can not only make you feel ‘on top of the world’ and can help you look fit and toned. By participating in the right weight training program you can even literally change your body shape, if you are dedicated and determined enough.
Forget all the excuses that we all come up with like ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I’m too tired’ or ‘I can’t afford it.’ You only have to initially start with 10-15 minutes a day and will soon have more energy if you do so. You will soon find that you have the desire to do a little more than you did the day before.
You don’t need to pay any money to start regularly exercising as there are so many different ways to get active that cost nothing…
It’s so easy to let this important activity become separated from your normal daily life. You get sick or have a demanding job or life and then suddenly realise you haven’t done anything physical at all for weeks, months or even longer.
That demanding job is stressing you out and you’re constantly tired so the last thing you feel like doing is exercising. When in reality you know it should be one of the first things you do when you wake-up as can really help towards alleviating all these problems, as well as providing numerous other health benefits.
More benefits as we get older…
As we get older doing some form of exercise is even more important than ever as our metabolism start slowing down, our bone density decreases and we can lose muscle mass even quicker than before.
What this means is that our waistlines are constantly trying to expand as our body shape changes, we are more prone to injury and it takes a lot longer to recover after them. Plus if that’s not enough we can easily put on unwanted belly weight if we don’t watch our diets.
Starting to exercise can help fight all of these lovely things that age throws at us as it not only boosts our immune system, but strengthens our bones and help improve muscle tone as well as reduce the amount of fat we have..
Just make sure you check in with your doctor first if you haven’t done any physical activity for a very long time or do have any chronic health conditions.
Also an important aspect of fitness for many of us ladies is the psychological benefits that we can get by just doing a little physical activity on a regular basis.
Just exercising for at least 15 minutes can release those all important endorphins, these interact with the receptors in your brain which then reduces your perception of pain. But more significantly though they can trigger a positive feeling in your body similar to that of morphine and therefore can give you a lovely natural high to start the day.
Regular exercise can improve our mental well being as it can enhance our mood and help combat common health problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.
Choose something you’ll enjoy…
I think for many ladies who haven’t done any fitness for years that whenever someone mentions that you should start exercising you automatically get a flashback of trudging along a treadmill or jumping around like a lunatic doing an insane aerobic workout! – Well the times have changed and so should our attitude towards exercise.
You don’t need to go anywhere near to a gym or a structured class if you don’t want to. You can just start by simply incorporating some walking into your day or getting out and doing some gardening. Why not go for a swim or if you don’t feel like leaving the house you can even dance like nobody’s watching in your living room.
Just choose something that you could enjoy doing for at least 10 -15 minutes a day and that will release those lovely lithe endorphins thus giving you that high to get through the day.
There are so many different ways that you can start exercising whether you prefer to do it indoors or outside, alone or as part of a group or team. The key is just trying different things until you find the ones you enjoy participating in…
So if you’re not already regularly involved in a physical activity try to make the time to incorporate some form of fitness into your day. Then to commit to giving this time to yourself on a regular basis, therefore soon making it become a habit in your everyday life.
If you have any comments or questions please leave them below as I’d love to hear from you…