Cathy Driver.

As we age: The benefits of regular exercise for seniors

Having greater muscular strength and lung capacity will improve your lifestyle in leaps and bounds.

  • Jun. 23, 2015 11:00 a.m.

Over the next few months, I will be repeating the same message, perhaps like a record stuck in a groove. Chances are, if you know what a record is, you are retired or getting close to retirement.

Now you might find you have more time to spend in the garden, a new hobby, see more of your grandchildren, and explore those places you have always meant to visit. But you will want to stay fit to do this.

Having greater muscular strength and lung capacity will improve your lifestyle in leaps and bounds, save you money and keep you healthier.

Two of the major health issues that are on the rise, Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, respond very positively to diet and exercise. So, I hope I’ve given you some good reasons to get moving.

Start exercising slowly and gradually. Perhaps start going for a morning walk.

Find a friend who would like to join you.

Make sure you’re wearing comfortable shoes and dress appropriately.

Make a date two or three times in the week and, before you know it, your walks will become part of your weekly routines.

This might be the start of a healthier lifestyle that will most likely make your family doctor happy as well.

Exercise has also become more and more important to offset our sedentary like styles.

About 120 years ago, we didn’t have automobiles, vacuum cleaners, elevators, escalators. The list goes on and on.

For more than 20 years, I have been teaching fitness and witnessing the rewards and great happiness that a healthy lifestyle gives you.

I look forward to sharing my knowledge with you and hope that this might inspire you to get moving.

 

– Cathy Driver, B.A., BCRPA certified Fitness Leader.

 

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