While with age there is greater risk of injury this does not nearly compare to the increased risk of heart disease, obesity and decreased mobility that comes with leading a sedentary lifestyle.
You’re never too old to start an exercise program. As long as you can move and have the ability to breathe, you can exercise. You might not be able to run a marathon or lift big weights, but that’s not necessary. Stop thinking about all the things you can’t do and start thinking about what you can do. It’s very unfortunate that as we age our activity levels decline substantially. Part of the reason why people talk about how their metabolism slows down so much with age and we put on so much weight is because we are moving less and often times eating more. Our metabolism actually only slows by approximately 4 percent per 10 year period after the age of 20. Imagine if we increased our activity levels with age instead of decreasing them. Would we reverse the aging process? Not totally, but what we can do with the right activities and improved eating habits is increase our strength, flexibility, energy levels, mood, self image, and confidence. We can also drastically decrease our chances of becoming overweight or obese which is associated with osteoporosis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney stones, gout, and sleep apnea. More important than any of these is the fact that exercise will drastically increase your chances of maintaining your independence. What do we really want as we get older? We want to be able to play with our grandkids. We want to be able to carry out our activities of daily living without help from a home care attendant or having to be placed in an old age home. Exercise and proper nutrition are the closest things to the fountain of youth we will ever find so why not give it a try? You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish at any age!