Remembering back through the years, it seemed like you could go all day – running, jumping, swimming – playing. While you may not have the same level of energy or stamina from years back, exercising is just as important now as when you were younger – maybe even more vital.

According to recent studies, regular exercise is not only good for your body, it can also boost your mood, and help manage pain and conditions. Plus it can increase your longevity.

It might seem more difficult to get into an exercise regime after you hit 50 – especially if it’s been a while or even if you’ve never been overly active before. But it’ll be worth it.

Here are some simple ways to get moving – with little impact:

Walk – Even a short, 20-minute walk will improve cardiovascular health and muscle tone.

Swim – Besides feeling refreshed, just a few laps in the pool – or a water aerobics class – are great for the heart.

Weights – Invest in small dumbbells or light weights and perform short reps, adding pounds as you develop stronger muscles.

Classes – Whether it’s exhilarating zumba or introspective yoga, participating in a group exercise helps you stay on schedule and meet new friends, while having fun.

Biking – Pedaling around the neighborhood – or on a trail – improves coordination and balance.

No matter how you start getting more active, soon you’ll be feeling stronger, and more vitalized and energetic.

Consider sharing this article with a friend or family member who may need an extra boost to start exercising.



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