There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about exercising and staying healthy as you grow older. Most of older people give up on exercise because they think that they're too old or too sick or too tired for it. They basically think that they're too old for staying healthy.
It doesn't have to be that way, though. Exercising and keeping your brain fit are crucial if you want to chase around grandchildren in your backyard or if you want to win that chess match with your son.
Only you can determine how fit and alert you can be. Achieving life goals must not be limited by age. It's really never too late to change bad habits and to develop good ones.
Throughout the coming weeks, we will be posting articles about staying mentally and physically healthy as you grow older. For this week, we will talk about the myths of exercising as you age, and why we think they're basically untrue:
1. Exercise is useless because I'm getting old anyway.
Exercising can help you look and feel younger. With age comes different illnesses and diseases and regular exercise can help keep them at bay.
2. Older people should save their strength and rest.
Having a sedentary lifestyle is as bad as it gets when we get older. Inactivity not only weakens your muscles but your mind as well.
3. I could fall down when exercising.
You should never risk safety when doing physical activities. However, regular exercise can help build up strength and stamina. It also prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance so it actually helps reduce your risk of falling down.
4. An old leopard can't change its spots.
Always remember that you're never too old to improve your physical and mental being. You can start slow by doing gentle exercise such as walking around the neighborhood every afternoon. Three or four weeks is all it takes to develop a habit.