Aug 15, 2022
With Dr. Tony Moreno, Health Promotion & Human Performance Professor At Eastern Michigan University
Do you prioritize physical activity and staying fit as part of your weekly routine? Are you exercising regularly or staying physically active by playing sports? Do you look forward to exercise as part of your healthy lifestyle? Or, are you someone for whom exercise is “out of the question” because you believe you’re too old, unfit, or unwell to be more active? Unless you’re under a doctor's orders not to exercise, studies have shown that no matter your age or current fitness level, as long as you set realistic goals, you can benefit from increased physical activity. Fitness is for everyone; it just might look different for each individual, based on their strength, flexibility, and overall stamina and conditioning. But even if you’ve never exercised before, it’s never too late to get started. Before starting a first-time exercise routine, it’s important to speak with a physician to establish realistic goals and understand your physical limitations.
However, once you’ve done that, the next step is finding an activity or exercise plan you enjoy. If it’s fun and engaging, you’ll be more likely to continue doing it. If you’re new to exercise, you might be surprised to learn how quickly your body responds. It’s also never too late to build muscle. Studies show that people in their 60’s and 70’s can rebuild muscle. If you’ve led a sedentary lifestyle until now, then start being more active simply by walking. There’s no better all-around exercise and even a short walk will help to engage those muscles. But if walking seems like too much of a hurdle for now, then start by simply stretching. Gentle stretches will also help to engage the muscle by creating resistance.
According to Dr. Tony Moreno, a professor in the school of Health Promotion and Human Performance at Eastern Michigan University, whatever your
fitness level or however you choose to begin adding more movement into
your day, your body will benefit and you’ll notice a difference. You’ll feel better and have more energy. So, if you’re looking for ways to become more active,
you’ll want to check out Florine’s interview with Dr. Tony Moreno.
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In addition to improving our mood and mindset, daily exercise can help with weight management, improve balance and coordination, and reduce the risk of injury. Regular exercise improves your heart health and your oxygen flow, builds muscle tone and strength, and might even reduce high blood sugar. Studies show that many people view exercise as a chore, but it doesn’t have to be that way. I know I want to take care of myself and live to be 120, look and feel good, and continue exercising. Using a fitness watch or other device to track your daily steps or physical activity can really help motivate you to exercise more. In addition, exercise with a workout buddy and a little friendly competition is not only fun but also helps motivate us on the days when we find it a little harder to get started. So start sharing your fitness activity and hold each other accountable. If you’re bored with your daily workout routine, try something different. There are so many fun classes out there to discover. Try something different, mix it up, and challenge yourself! Even if you don’t have time for a daily workout, simple changes can make a difference. It’s never too late to get started. Treat your body like the gift that it is and just keep moving. You might feel better, sleep better and it just might improve your mental sharpness. I’m Florine Mark and that’s “Today’s Takeaway.”
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