For so many disease processes exercise or activity, along with nutrition, is important.
Exercise can decrease blood pressure, decrease pain, decrease stress, and decrease the risk of stroke. Exercise can help manage diabetes, improve cholesterol, and improve sleep.
If you increase your activity, you might find you have increased mental awareness and increased energy. You may even notice a boost in your self confidence.
Try varying your exercise through the week to include weight bearing exercise, aerobic exercise, and stretching exercise – Think walking, golfing, dancing, jogging, biking, gardening, racquetball, tennis, softball, basketball, yoga, or tai chi.
Try to get in 30 minutes of exercise on most days.
If you are pressed for time high intensity interval training (HIIT) can be a solution. I especially like interval walking because it can be done by anyone who can walk and it would be hard to take it to an unhealthy level. I believe that HIIT should be used cautiously by anyone with a chronic illness.
On that note, I advise speaking to your doctor before starting any new fitness program.
Stay on track with your exercise with the course that is right for you.
Here are some free resources to help older adults stay active :
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