How to Keep Running (or __fill in the blank) Post 40, 50 or 60
Stay Active for Long Life and Mental and Physical Well-being
By now we all know that staying active throughout our lives is very important to our mental and physical well-being. But has our mindset really changed about what is possible? People don't age like they once did, and that's a good thing. One of the key reasons for this are the advancements in medicine and treatments, but another is the growing change in mindset about staying active and relevant, well into our years.
Although that new mindset is increasing in popularity, many people still think - "I can't run, bike, play tennis, or ____ (fill in the blank with your favorite activity), like I used to. I'm older now, and I'm slower, my knees will give out, I'll hurt myself, etc., etc." But is that true?
Lifestyle as Much as Genetics Impacts Aging
Scientists are working hard to study aging; its causes and how to slow the process. Even with the changes in medicine and mentality, if you averaged the entire population, you would still find that "normal" aging and its repercussions is based upon a person that is typically sedentary, overweight and unmotivated to become active. But, if you are already active, you aren't "normal" and science would suggest that you won't have the same aging issues as inactive people do.
Many scientific studies show that aging is impacted by both genetics and lifestyle. You can't change genetics, but you can change your lifestyle. Exercise can help to keep you young, and even postpone the signs of aging. The best part is, it doesn't have to be intense exercise to get these benefits. As the writer states in the article "The Truth about Running After 50," from Women's Running, "Most people “rust out” due to inactivity, rather than “wear out” from being overly active."
It's time to make the shift; to understand that more exercise (even past 70) equals living longer. While you may have to tweak your training to embrace how your body changes through the years (including longer recovery times and different performance outcomes) staying engaged in regular exercise is important. If you already run (or ____ fill in that blank), be the woman that makes the news for finishing a race at 90! If you haven't started exercising regularly, what are you waiting for? It is never too late.
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