Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.
If you thought that your diet and fitness routines could be set aside when you reach your golden years, think again!
Researchers are continuously finding the benefits of diet and exercise for people of all ages, especially our aging community. Exercise can decrease the chances of older individuals developing dementia. It also works to keep away stress that can plague an idle mind and body. Older adults can also expect better flexibility, balance and even improve their bone density – all things that can dramatically impact the quality of life as the body ages.
Although the news is encouraging for the future, the time to start an exercise routine is now. By introducing exercise into your life today, you can bring with you a strong body and mind into your senior years. This discipline and passion can keep your body younger and even reverse some of the signs of aging.
As I age, I am encouraged by the amount of older people I know that are involved in a variety of fitness activities. As a runner, I meet lots of participants at races in their 60’s and 70’s, but they are not jogging, they are outrunning a lot of us youngsters! There are also lots of seniors bicycling these days and they are not riding a bike with a bell and basket, they are geared up to the teeth and seriously competing and winning.
Tennis, golf and swimming are also very popular with today’s group of super seniors. Most of them report that they are not just keeping their body fit but also keeping an active social life that is health-driven. Rather than only meet for lunch or card games where they find themselves either complaining about their aches and pains, or their kids, they are now involved in more proactive discussions and behavior.
Age and aging brings on a lot of stress, be it physical or financial. It’s for this reason that your best weapon is to bring a healthy and strong body into your later years so you can enjoy a long and happy life.
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October 17th, 2010