Getting active is not just about adding years to your life, it’s about adding life to your years.
First and foremost, Life is Movement. And our modern life pushes us to move faster and in many directions at the same time.
Work gets busier… traffic gets worse… kids demand more attention and expenses… we desperately need a holiday, etc.
We move a lot but those movements are often chaotic. With time we notice that our bodies, our joints and bones are getting tired and cannot cope with all that load as we used to be able to cope.
As we get older, aches and pains seem to be a way of life… especially back and neck pain. Some folks, however, have learned how to get around them.
Regular folks seek it out as well to relieve or correct back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, loss of dexterity in the hands, an ample scope of computer-related work problems, and even fallen arches.
As children, we had better posture and moved properly. Over time, however, the good habits disappeared. In the typical slumping posture of most adults, the head juts forward and presses down on the neck. This causes pressure on the neck and spine, setting off a series of compressions in the body that create tension in the joints and muscles as well as back problems.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Exercise therapy is often the answer to our mobility and flexibility problems. With the use of specific movements we can improve the functional capacity of structures within the body system.
One of the best exercises for keeping in shape is stretching.
The benefits of stretching are:
- Increased flexibility and joint range of motion;
- Flexible muscles can improve your daily performance;
- Improved circulation;
- Stretching increases blood flow to your muscles;
- Better posture;
- Stress relief;
- Enhanced coordination.
And the advantage of stretching is that you don’t need a special place for it or special equipment. You can do your stretching anywhere at home, outdoor or even at work.
Cardio-vascular exercise is another one of the most important things you can do for your body, whether you want to lose weight, burn fat, or generally improve your health. Cardiovascular exercise gets the heart rate up and in return you get stronger muscles, improved respiratory and circulatory system and even a drop in weight.
You can use machines like a treadmill or an elliptical trainer, or you can create your own workout at home with a variety of cardio exercises like jogging in place, jumping jacks, or burpees. Anything that gets your heart rate into your target heart rate zone will work.
There’s no “right” cardio exercise, and the best choice for you is the one that is the most challenging, but that you can perform safely and enjoy.
Here are several heart and lung strengthening exercises:
- Brisk walking.
- Working out on cardio equipment.
A recent Swedish study found that physical activity was the number one contributor to longevity, adding extra years to your life—even if you don’t start exercising until your senior years.
You’ll not only look better when you exercise, you’ll feel sharper, more energetic, and experience a greater sense of well-being.