How To Add ‘LIFE’ To Your Years

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.”

As we age, it is even more important to stay active and young in our minds. Regularly moving your body can boost energy, manage symptoms of illness and pain, regulate weight, increase self-esteem and reduce the risk of disease. Do you want to live longer? Exercise is beneficial even if you do not start until your later years.

Exercise will make you feel healthier, move with ease, with the added benefit of experiencing more energy and vitality. Here are five benefits of regular physical activity:

Maintain or lose weight.
Reduce the impact of illness or chronic disease.
Enhance mobility, flexibility and balance.
Improve sleep.
Boost mood and confidence.

Regular physical activity is associated with significant improvements in overall psychological well-being. Physical fitness is associated with a decreased risk of depression and anxiety. Exercise moderates self-esteem and self-efficacy. Exercise reduces the occurrence and manages many chronic diseases associated with again.

Activity declines as ages goes up, but that doesn’t mean that it is the standard or the norm. Think about activities you enjoy and start with something once per week.
Tennis anyone?
Perhaps a coffee meeting could become a walkabout.
Take the dog for a walk twice per day, if you don’t have one, ask to borrow the neighbours.
Try a new class at the Club.
Invite a friend to exercise with you.
Hire a personal trainer.

Getting ALL the components of fitness into your life is essential. A well-rounded program includes the following elements:
Cardio
Strength
Flexibility
Balance
Mindfulness

Of course, if you are new to exercise you must get medical clearance, then listen to your body. Start slow and progress consistently. Avoid injury and stay hydrated. Commit to staying regular and eat well to support your exercise routine.

If you want to add life to your years then perhaps take on one or more of the suggestions below:
Find inspiration in something.
Practice self-care.
Have a mentor.
Always take the stairs.
There are other alternatives to the “white coat”
Never retire if you love what you do.
Avoid becoming overweight.
Be childlike, have fun.
Manage your pain.
Invest in your relationships especially with yourself.

Above all, adopt the mindset that “you can” and set an intention to be healthy and youthful. Have realistic ideals, follow through with them, then celebrate the small wins. Success happens when we consistently apply ourselves towards a clear objective.

How do you see yourself in the next 5, 10, 20 years? Are you on your way to being happy, healthy and fit inside, outside, upside down?

 

Leah Ruppel has 30 years of expertise in the health and fitness industry as a Personal Trainer, Professional Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, Yogi, Author and Speaker. Her passion is to inspire, educate and support people to be happy, healthy and fit and any age!