Fitness is a relative term used to describe what you want or what to expect from yourself in terms of being physically fit.
This is often judged by you, when comparing yourself with someone else who you consider to be fitter than you. This could put unrealistic pressure on you, so think about what it means to be fit – for you. The first thing to consider is what improved fitness will look like for you.
Fitness, whether you’re 50 or 90, is a good thing. There is little to worry about if you follow these sensible guidelines. Exercising moderately will improve your lifestyle, by reducing many health risks such as Type 2 diabetes, cancers, obesity, osteoporosis, high blood pressure and also reduce your risk of heart attack and strokes.
Other good fitness benefits include reducing artery atherosclerosis by increasing your good cholesterol, through diet and exercise. As your fitness improves you will strengthen your heart, helping to deli
ver more oxygen to your muscles. In turn this will help you to perform everyday activities with considerably more energy.
Reducing your stress levels, through exercising, will improve your ability to deal with difficult decisions more easily at work or at home – and increase your productivity.
You will sleep better and be more relaxed due to increases in hormone activity, such as serotonin, which aides sleep. Achieving a good night’s sleep will balance your energy and control your hunger hormones Grehlin and see you waking more refreshed, every morning.
Look around you and you may notice that people who do not exercise are often over weight and suffering the effects of long term lifestyle diseases and conditions associated with little or no activity. Those you see who are older and moving around more easily are generally of normal weight and have always exercised or at least been active during their lives. I regularly see people at the gym, in their 70’s and 80’s, enjoying their exercise as well as anyone half their age. The oldest member of my gym at 91 coming to the gym 3 times a week – which helps prolong and improve his quality of life.
60 is now considered the new 40 as people are now living longer and many over 100 years of age. The reality of a better quality of life needs to be recognised and grasped if you are to enjoy your retirement.
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