50+ Training: Never Too Late to Start
- Osteoarthritis is more common
- Kidneys may not function as well
- Risk of injury, such as a rotator cuff tear, increases
- Cumulative effects of smoking and pollution dramatically increases the rate of declining lung capacity
Despite all this, you’re still better off exercising. The challenges of an aging body are just a part of reality, but people who stay fit throughout their lives have bodies that become – and stay – more efficient.
Exercise is a requirement for health, and those who do will reap the benefits well past the age of 65.
Studies show that seniors who remain active and keep their weight normal have a significantly lower risk of osteoarthritis than those who are overweight. Many people don’t realize that the amount of force on the heels and knees when walking is five times the amount they weigh. So if you weigh 200 pounds, each step puts 1,000 pounds of pressure on your knees and heels.
Healthy lifestyle choices also mean better overall health, fewer medications and significantly less physical disability.
It’s never too late to start ,y ou may not ever participate in the Senior Games, but you’ll be a much healthier person.