Healthy Exercise is Ageless

By Rosalie Lynch  

We clap our hands, grab the video recorder, call our family and friends and celebrate when our Toddler takes their first walking steps. It is a joyful experience. The Baby Boomers are facing getting older themselves and many have the responsibility of making sure their elderly parents are as healthy as possible. One way this is accomplished is getting our parents to stand up and take a walk for their health. It is important in our lives to get up and move our body in whatever way we can.  
We use to hear that retirement will be filled with days sitting on a front porch sitting in our rocking chairs full of memories to talk about with our friends. Now we know this is the worst thing we can do to stay healthy. 

The philosophy of people working all of their lives to prepare for retirement and then sit around waiting to die is gone. The value of taking care of our bodies has been accepted by the Baby Boomers. I read an article that said that the Baby Boomers are the first generation that puts exercise in their daily lives. 
Let's examine what some experts have put together according to our age groups.  
If you are between the ages 20 through 39 years: It is recommended that you complete at least five weekly 30-minute sessions of aerobic exercise. If you complete this regiment you may the lower the typical lifetime risk of several common health problems, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and possibly certain cancers. Women should include weight-lifting exercises to help prevent osteoporosis later in life.  Adopt stretch exercise for 10 minutes at least every other day, preferably after workouts, when muscles are still pliable. 
If you are between the ages 40 through 60 years: Strive for a minimum of 30 minutes of aerobic exercise four days weekly, but squeeze in more if you can. If you enjoy high-impact activities such as running or aggressive fitness classes, it's a good idea to alternate with a lower-impact swimming or other activity that is easier on the joints. Be sure to include strength training; such as weight-lifting to build your body strength. 
If you are over 60 years: Aim for three to four 30 minute sessions of aerobic exercise each week, minimizing or eliminating high impact activities. Also, make time for strength, flexibility, and balance training, which become increasingly important as you age. Continue to stretch at least every other day. 
From childhood to our sunset years and every year in between exercise walking is essential in our lives. Walking uses every muscle in our bodies when we walk and our blood circulation improves. A walk improves our metabolism and refreshes us. A really good 30 minute walk gives us more energy and did you know that it is very best medicine you can take for weight loss?  
Have you known someone who has had open heart surgery or back surgery? One day they have the surgery and the next day the hospital staff is getting the patient up to walk the hallways. When the patient goes home their prescription is to start walking every day and change their eating habits. Need I say more? Walking and eating healthy are extremely important to our health.

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