As a young boy I was fascinated by the enormous amount and variety of tools that filled my Grandfather’s workshop. He was an expert craftsman; his tools were his life and livelihood. Without the proper one, the job couldn’t get done.
There is nothing that can replace the positive effects that exercise has on your body and your mind.
Your body will not let you forget to sleep. Sleep is, of course, vitally important to your existence and wellness. Your appetite and hunger mechanism will not allow you to doubt the relevance of nourishment… even if your choices are poor, your body responds in amazing ways to keep you going.
The signals sent by the body lacking the physical challenges of exercise are very real, but much more subtle. There’s no urgency like hunger, but the need is just as substantial.
You can’t feel your bones losing the intricate array of internal structures that give them strength. The heart that’s pumping less efficiently gives, often, only one unmistakable warning that can’t be ignored… after years of neglect and mistreatment. A certain lack of vitality permeates your daily routine and you assume that there’s something you can buy to change things, figuring that aging is supposed to feel that way.
The list of symptoms of inactivity is ridiculously longer, but you get the picture.
There is no better way to maintain critical bone mass and mobility than progressive resistance exercise
In 2010, 258,000 Seniors 65 and older were hospitalized for hip fractures. 20% died within one year. More than 30% were in an extended care facility a year or longer.
There is no better way to maintain your ability to breathe than aerobic exercise.
Aging brings with it the diminishing capacity of the lungs to process oxygen at the cellular level.
There is no substitute for the benefits exercise offers in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
30% of Seniors fear Alzheimer’s more than death or cancer.
In case you missed it, let me highlight the three basic foundational truths of The Senior Health and Fitness Blog:
1. If you can move it, you can improve it.
2. You can get going with what you’ve got.
3. Your fitness lifestyle journey begins with the first rep.
You have a lot of tools but you don’t have a lot of time.
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