Getting and staying physically active doesn’t mean becoming a superstar athlete. It can mean just moving around a little more throughout the week. Staying fit becomes especially important as you get older because it can help you stay healthy and independent.
Health experts point to various long-term benefits of exercise, including:
- Enhanced focus, planning and working memory
- Improved conditions in those with diseases and disabilities such as arthritis and diabetes
- Prevention or delay of many diseases and disabilities. For example, exercising may lead to lower blood pressure, which can help you avoid damage to your brain, eyes, heart and kidneys.
- Reduced stress and improved mood
You might understand why it’s important to exercise, but feel like you’re physically unable or don’t have the time. But there are ways you can fit activity into your day.
- Start slow and easy. You can always work your way up to more difficult activities.
- Exercise when you wake up. This creates a habit and prevents other distractions from getting in the way.
- Break it into chunks. If you can’t dedicate much time at once, get 10 minutes of exercise several times throughout the day.
- Find something you enjoy. It’s easier to make exercise a habit if you enjoy it.