And that’s ok.
Aging is a natural, unavoidable journey. It has an effect on every aspect of both your physical and mental health – change is inevitable. As we grow older every year, the connective tissues (cartilage, tendons, ligaments, etc) in our bodies become less elastic. This causes us to be more prone to injury and joint pain, which is why, despite being a running enthusiast in your younger years, you have to resort to walking now simply because it’s less painful.
So what can we do to slow down or work around the aging process in a way that still allows us to stay physically fit, but embraces the fact that we’re getting older? Here’s a list of 5 helpful tips we came up with:
- Stretching is an important pre & post exercise activity, especially as you age.
- Find low-impact activities to lessen the burden on your body.
- While cardiovascular-focused exercising is important, don’t ignore strength training.
- If working out isn’t your cup of tea, seek other activities that you find enjoyable.
- Stay on top of vitamin and mineral intake.
Coming to terms with the effects aging has had on your body doesn’t have to be a somber experience. Plenty of opportunities are available to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle, and despite the occasional sore knee or wrist, we can continue to enjoy life just as we did in our younger years without skipping a beat. Don’t let your age define you, and take control of your own well-being.