As we age our bodies go through many changes. Morning stiffness in joints is not uncommon. Sometimes our back will ache and maybe it is difficult to stand up straight. Eating a varied diet might become less interesting as the process of cooking for one or two just does not seem worth it. The ability to recall names or dates might seem a little fuzzy at times. Maybe we start sitting more and doing less. Breathing might be a little short as we age especially if we don’t inhale and exhale deeply. Smoking at some point in our life might have left us with a little emphysema. The thought of exercising or beginning a more solid nutrition program might feel too overwhelming. The good news is, no matter where you start, a nutritionally sound diet along with exercise will benefit you. It is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other, no matter if you are on a walker or cane. Being in a wheelchair should not stop anyone as there is so many exercises that can be done to energize and greatly improve quality of life.
First, find a fitness class that specializes in golden adults. Yes, I like to call as we age the golden years. To me aging is a privilege. Many people do not get the opportunity, so why not embrace the process and be the best that you can be. Being in a class with an instructor that understands the biomechanics of our golden bodies, will assure that the exercise is the right one for you. Once you feel the benefits, good quality nutrition will follow. Hand in hand these go together to build energized strong bodies. Yes, it is possible at any age. Does not matter if you are 100, today is a new day and yes you can improve the quality of your life with exercise. Our bodies are designed to be used. Circulation improves immediately when we start exercising. Oxygen consumption can improve with exercise. In other words, our bodies ability to utilize oxygen more efficiently improves. As we inhale and exhale we breathe deeply to get oxygen rich blood delivered throughout our body while expelling carbon dioxide. Hence, our fuzzy thinking begins to disappear. In our golden years, if you are a shallow breather carbon dioxide can build up and poison our bodies. Exhaling deeply will eliminate this problem by allowing the body to naturally release carbon dioxide. Second, you don’t have to exercise like a twenty-year-old, that is dangerous and can land you in to the orthopedics office. Be smart and exercise and enjoy a good quality of life. I have seen those that refuse to move and it becomes a steady decline. Enjoy your golden years whatever your age.
My hope for you is that you continue to be able to do the things you love. Exercise and nutrition will allow you to do this. It is just that simple. For more information about health and wellness please contact Kay Colgan at Middleburg pilates and personal training, 14 S. Madison Street, Middleburg, Va. Or call 540-687-6995.