If you think the years ahead of you will be better than the years behind you, they will be. On the other hand, if you expect your health to decline as you age, you may actually encourage that to happen. How? Because that’s adopting a why-bother mentality. This is especially true about staying fit and active.
I encourage you to beat the odds. Stay active, no matter how old you are—39, 59, or even 99—which is an age we should all aim to reach.
Studies have shown that at least 40% of all people who are age 65 and older don’t even get the absolute minimum of 30-minutes a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity. You need a lot more than that if your goal is to regain or maintain good health and fitness. On the other hand, it doesn’t take hours a day at the gym to stay reasonably fit. The average person can do it by walking just 30—60 minutes five days a week. You can do it in 30—60 minute chunks or in 10—minute slices instead. If you get out around town during the day, you might even see me out walking. Actually, you’re more likely to see that than me behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.
There’s also a secondary payoff to exercise:
- Activity is a natural mood booster!
Staying active is a valuable asset as we age. Our years of experience plus deep friendships we’ve developed over the years will feel even more rewarding if we’re able to stay vital and active.
Another way to stay positive is to avoid those gloomy folks who seem to always complain about everything, especially their health and getting older. If only they’d learn to check that attitude at the door and put on their sneakers, they’d find a whole new outlook on life!
For more strategies on how to stay younger, fitter, healthier, longer, contact Bodies@Work today!