Getting older has its benefits for sure. Not only do we have the advantage of more life experience, we gain new perspectives on relationships, work/life balance and what’s truly important. Gone are the days of worrying about what someone else thinks about us, or whether we are up on the latest fashions. It seems to be much easier to just ‘go with the flow’ and not get caught up in the details. But there is one detail we ought to be especially attentive to: how well our bodies are able to move. This can be a deal breaker as we get a bit older.
So, what’s the secret to ensuring we continue to move well? Not surprisingly, exercise is the key to mobility. As we age, our joints, ligaments and tendons can become a little more stiff and unable to flex as well as they used to. Mobility is the key to strong physical health.
There are plenty of ways to increase the flexibility of our joints and muscles. For starters, choose an exercise that you really enjoy or find a new twist on an old favorite. It might be walking, yoga, pilates or even a game of tennis. One of the newcomers on the exercise scene is JumpSport Fitness, an aerobics class that uses mini-trampolines to increase endurance and strength. Other benefits include increasing lymphatic movement, strengthening the smaller muscles in your body, boosting brain chemicals, memory, and even enhancing the health of your gut microbiome.
Additionally, you might want to find someone who can evaluate your health from a holistic perspective, providing guidance about the supplements or nutrients that might be of benefit for your particular health goals. This person should be able to make suggestions about which organs or systems may need additional support, as well as specific ways to tweak your diet in order to maximize your health. It’s never too late to start working on improving your health. The important people in your life will be thankful that you are taking steps to ensure you’ll be around for a long, long time!