Exercise/Physical Fitness

There are many elements that must come together to keep your body truly fit. Fitness is more than just exercise, it is a frame of mind and lifestyle that plays an important role in aging successfully.

Regular exercise is at the foundation of maintaining a physical fitness program. You can achieve this in a number of ways. Some people may be limited in mobility, others are still running marathons. Wherever you are on the spectrum, exercise can take many forms and should be part of your daily routine.

Studies show that our muscle mass decreases as we age, yet consistent exercise can diminish this reduction, having health benefits that extend to your internal organs and cardiovascular health. You might have an exercise room in your home, a treadmill in the den, or a workout bike. Or you might have a membership at a local gym or community recreation center. You may choose to take in a workout program on cable or streaming through the Internet. It doesn’t matter what you choose, just keep moving. As Sir Isaac Newton proved, “a body in motion, stays in motion.”

Don’t forget to exercise your mind, too! Just as you take care of your body, take care of your intellectual and emotional health through exercise like doing crosswords, playing games, solving logic problems, playing cards, or taking a course online or at a nearby college. Being a lifelong learner has implications far beyond the knowledge you acquire in the classroom.