We should all have a daily exercise regimen in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. By exercising and eating healthy you will avoid gaining excess weight which can directly affect your overall health. Staying active everyday improves our health as we age.

Staying active should be a scheduled part of daily living and there are numerous ways to be active. If you don’t enjoy an extreme workout, try basic habits like going for a brief walk in your neighborhood. When you go to the market park a few extra rows back than you normally would or when possible take the stairs instead of the elevator. Spending time in the local mall strolling is an excellent way to get exercise while shopping.

 

When we age our bodies become more resistant to exercise if not adjusted to it so starting young and continuing the process will become more of a good habit. It you are slightly older and have not exercised in a while, start off slow and work your way up to becoming more active. For example, if you are not a heavy walker, but are considering this as your form of exercise, walk around the entire house a few times or walk from your house for a few houses away and increase daily.

Being physically active will protect our body from many diseases such as diabetes, stroke, diseases, heart disease, osteoporosis and high blood pressure. It is never too late to get active and start doing some type of exercise.

The American Heart Association has recommended that a healthy adult should strive for a minimum of thirty minutes of moderate activity five days each week or a twenty minute vigorous routine for three days per week. Any activity will help you with getting the recommended exercise your body needs. As we age it is important to stay flexible and have strength in the muscles for help in preserving the range of movement.

Cleaning the house can be turned into an exercise routine by turning on some music and maybe dancing around with the dust cloth and vacuum in hand. The goal is to get into a healthy routine and make it fun so that you will want to continue with the style of exercise you are comfortable with.

If you are concerned about the amount of activities you will be able to handle due to an illness, age or weight, visit your family doctor to get advice on what is the most beneficial form of exercise for you. Remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water while you exercising and eating a healthy diet to keep you healthy.