Fit for Life
Your body was made to move.
If there were a magic pill to prevent aging, the closest thing would be exercise. Daily activity helps prevent obesity, heart disease and diabetes – not to mention, it keeps you feeling great. Regardless of age, adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise every week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. Incorporate both aerobic activity and strength training into your routine for maximum benefits.* But as you move through decades, there will be some adjustments that need to be made and limitations to account for.
In your 20’s and 30’s
This is a great time to build a good relationship with exercise. Try out different classes and find an activity you really enjoy. Muscle mass and bone density start to decline in your 30’s so make sure strength training is part of your routine.
Ideas: Running, spinning, kickboxing, strength training
In your 40’s and 50’s
During middle age, our metabolism starts slowing down, making it easier for weight to creep on. You may also start experiencing new aches and pains. Switching to lower-impact exercises can help.**
Ideas: Walking, biking, swimming, yoga, strength training
In yourt 60’s and beyond
Continue aerobic exercises as well as strength training activities and remember to warm up and cool down to avoid injuries. As you become more at risk for falls, help prevent them by adding balance-boosting activities.**
Ideas: Water aerobics, chair exercises, dancing, tai chi, stretching
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