Fitness First in Retirement
As we approach retirement age, most of us look at life in a different way than when we were younger. With age comes increased awareness about so many different things, but one that becomes very apparent is that life is what you make of it.
For many people that were very involved in their work and have not developed hobbies or social networks outside of the workplace, retirement can be a difficult transition indeed. However, increasing research points to one thing that makes life easier and more enjoyable at any age and that is exercise.
With the start of the new year, many people say January is the best time to make changes in your life. If exercise is not part of your daily lifestyle, this is the month to make it happen. It can begin with just thirty minutes a day.
Exercise is simply sustained movement of the body, and at least 30 minutes of this sustained movement everyday is the key to an active lifestyle. Walking, bicycling, swimming, light weight training and jogging are just a few of the ways we can exercise for our sustained 30 minutes.
Or better yet, combine several of these activities on different days or perhaps several in one day to make up your 30 minutes and you have an exercise program that can dramatically change your quality of life.
Two doctors have made a commitment to get Americans moving. Bob Sallis, M.D. a family medicine doctor and Ron Davis, M.D. a preventive medicine doctor, have launched an initiative that they hope will make a difference in the nation’s health called “Exercise is Medicine”.
“Understanding that health is determined to a large degree by lifestyle choices, including physical activity, they hope to drive home the medical importance of exercise to physicians and other health care professionals. Why physicians are so quick to accept research data on expensive medications while essentially ignoring even stronger data on the benefit of physical activity is at the core of this program”¬ Sallis says.
Exercise has been shown to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and weight; improve cholesterol, sleep and bone and heart health while decreasing the risk of cancer. All of these benefits can be had for just thirty minutes a day by something as simple as exercise.
As more and more baby boomers are nearing retirement and looking for ways to stay young and fit, it is essential to incorporate exercise into the daily routine. And what better way to start the new year?