Keeping active as we age

stretchPosted on July 18, 2013

As you get older, an active lifestyle is important. It boosts energy. It helps you maintain your independence. It helps to manage symptoms of illness or pain. It’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory.

No matter what your age is, your involvement with activities and exercise is bound to change through time. Physical ability, time, energy and availability are all factors in a lifetime of fitness.

Team sports are a perfect example of this. It may be easy to join a tackle football team in high school, but it's going to be really difficult to find a team in your 60s.

Lifelong activities are physical activities that you enjoy and can do now and for the rest of your life – like walking, hiking, kayaking, dancing, golfing, swimming, moderate workouts at the gym and gardening.

Playing with kids and grandkids can also keep you active – as well as give you a reason to stay active.

Find something that makes you happy when you do it! You’ll be more likely to keep doing it!

Watch FCHP President and CEO Patrick Hughes on Fox 25 News on July 19 between 8 and 9 a.m. for more about lifetime fitness.

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The information written about in this blog is not intended to be medical advice. Please seek care from a medical professional when you have a health concern.