Exercising and Anti Aging
Some form of exercise can be done by just about everyone and it has huge potential to help with anti-aging. Exercise may help by strengthening your muscles and allowing you more flexibility, which can mean a better quality of life. Exercise can also help keep additional weight off that would otherwise put a lot of stress on joints and organs. Additionally, exercise might have another benefit by giving you a healthy outlet from stress in your life.
It is important to consult your physician first before starting an exercise program. Ask the doctor all the questions you may have regarding what kind of exercise you can safely do and what is recommended. Also have your doctor's office perform any tests first, depending on your age, which might include a stress EKG.
As you start an exercise program, there are a few things to keep in mind.
1. Start slowly. Nothing kills your desire to exercise like going full-out on the first day and winding up so sore you can hardly get out of bed the next. Moderation is key.
2. Keep it regular. To have lasting benefits, you should ideally do some form of exercise every week for... ever. If that sounds intimidating, just take it week by week until it's a regular part of your life. Sometimes you need to remind yourself why you're doing it and other times you'll want to do it because it feels so good.
3. Make it interesting. There is no "should" do this or that. If you are getting some cardiovascular or muscle strengthening benefit from your workout, then do it. If you find doing the same thing day in and day out is boring, then change it up. Walk, ride a bike, lift some weights, use a rowing machine, try hot yoga, do kick-boxing, or whatever sounds interesting to you.