Have you ever noticed a change in how you move for certain activities because of an increased feeling of difficulty, versus what it used to be?
Have you accepted these changes as a normal part of ageing?
Limited movement is not an everyday part of ageing; you should not need to succumb to constant aches and pains as you grow older. Of course, there are natural consequences of ageing, however implementing simple strategies like daily mobility practices, will help create a foundation from which you can continue freely engaging in the activities you love – no matter the number of candles on your birthday cake.
How can I feel invigorated like a spring-chicken?
We begin ageing the moment we are born. Unfortunately, we can’t change that, but we can influence those things that limit us from feeling clucky like a spring chicken and improve our longevity and durability. The idea of successful ageing or keeping forever young is not exclusive to our mature, adult population. Through environmental and lifestyle changes over time we have adapted to a more sedentary existence. The result is we start to see a loss of function, capability and movement integrity sooner. Hence, we are seeking out treatment for our ailments, aches and pains sooner.
How do we come about these negative changes over time? Just like that, over time - through reduced movement and activity (i.e. desk work and sitting in front of a TV). How then do we overcome these changes? Through creation and maintenance of a positive habit of physical activity.
Consistency is key here and it shouldn’t be a chore or a tedious task to add to your day. Ask yourself: when you do the things you love does your body feel sore?
If you answered “no”, then ask yourself: what are the activities I have loved doing in the past?
Into team sports? Enjoy tinkering in the garden or shed? Love social gatherings with a bit of movement, like walking? The types of activities you have done without thought in the past are a great starting point for ideas on what to return to your daily routine.
Why physical activity is KEY?
Physical activity, whether structured or incidental (meaning by consequence of your daily routine), has a host of benefits to you throughout the ages.
Improved aerobic capacity - meaning how well our body uses and delivers oxygen to working cells when we move and complete our activities of daily living. This equates to a greater capacity to keep up with the family, kids, grandchildren, and the activities you want to do throughout your life.
Promotion of tissue repair, hormone release such as collagen for skin, joint and muscle repair, endorphins for improved mood, and helps keep our body in homeostasis. Essentially this helps the body find its equilibrium as well as helping the regulation of cell health. This is what keeps us spring-chicken like.
Improved management of internal and external body stressors, whether mental, physical or spiritual. Understanding and responding positively to stressful situations with a destressing routine helps with overall health and feelings of wellness.
I want to move more, but how?
The best kind of physical activity is the kind you enjoy and do not have to beat yourself up about. Start simple and work your way up to a solid routine of 30-45minutes a day of you-time.
Do you enjoy walking? Walk for 5-10 minutes on 3-5 mornings and afternoons of the week.
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