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Fitness Myths and Facts

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As we age, active-living is more important than ever.  Up to 50% of the functional decline between the ages of 30 and 70 is due to an inactive way of life, not aging.  Let’s dispel 5 Myths about Exercise and Aging.

Myth #1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.

Fact: Exercise and strength training help you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Myth #2: Exercise is too time consuming

Fact: According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, to achieve health benefits adults of all ages should:

1) Perform 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week

2) Add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week

But you don’t have to do it all at once. You can break it down into 10 minutes sessions and achieve great results! You could go for a 10-minute walk, three times a day. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise or physical activity you choose. You can swim, ride a bike, walk your dog, or garden. Try a workout video, nordic walking, or aqua fitness class. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that you enjoy it; and do a variety of activities. That way, you are more likely to do something every day.

Myth #3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.

Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.

Myth #4: It’s too late. I’m already too old to start exercising

Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start by talking to your doctor to get the go-ahead to begin a gentle, gradual increase in your activity level.

Myth #5: People with Arthritis should not exercise.

Fact: People with arthritis will frequently decrease their activity because they are afraid of aggravating the disease. But researchers have found that the right kind of regular physical activity actually reduces pain and does not damage the joints. Regular physical activity helps to keep muscles strong, builds bone mass, and controls weight. All of these things mean that you will cope better with arthritis and will be better able to manage your symptoms.

Remember, we know being active can reverse many symptoms of aging. Regular exercise is good for the body, mind, and spirit; it will boost your energy level and can help manage symptoms of illness and pain. No matter what your age or current physical condition, research shows you can benefit from physical activity. Gain energy and feel stronger by adding 10 minutes more activity TODAY!

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