Exercise For Mature Women: Why It is Important And How You Can Build an Exercise Habit
No matter your age or your physical condition, it is never too late to start exercising and get fit. You don’t need to go to the gym or start jogging every morning, but as we grow older an active lifestyle becomes more important to our health.
A 12-year follow-up Swedish study found that physical activity was the number one contributor to longevity adding extra years to your life – even if you don’t start exercising until your senior years.
Exercising not only improves the way you look, it also improves your immune system, digestive function, bone density and it lowers the risk of having chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
Exercise benefits the brain, as it helps to keep your mind active contributing to memory retention. People who exercise are less likely to develop dementia or cognitive decline.
In addition to all of the good physical health benefits, exercising does wonders for your mental health. When exercising, your body releases the “feel good” hormones – endorphins which act as a stress reliever. It makes you happier and more satisfied.
Another great benefit is deeper sleep, which could be especially important since mature women tend to suffer from insomnia or disturbed sleeping patterns.
But what if you don’t have a regular exercise schedule and don’t even know where to begin?
Here are 4 simple things that will help you find your exercise rhythm and not fall off the exercise wagon over and over again.
Set the Right Motivation:
Exercise because you want to not because you have to
It is very important to fall in love with the activities you do and enjoy the process. If you feel like you don’t want to be doing it , it will be a lot harder to stick to your commitment.
Don’t think of exercise as an obligation but rather a fun activity that will make you happier and more relaxed.
The media is full of unrealistic expectations of how our bodies should look at every age, but do not forget that you are not doing this now because you need to please someone else or you need to look a certain way – you are doing this because you want to feel good in your body.
One size doesn’t fit all
Find exercises and movements that you enjoy and that feel good to you!
We are unique in our own way, and it is only natural that we enjoy different activities.
You can’t expect everyone to love jogging or swimming, just as everyone is not good at dancing, therefore you need to find an activity that works for you. If you do something you like and something you are good at, it’s more likely you will develop a healthy exercise routine and will not want to skip physical activities.
If you like socializing, try playing golf or tennis with your friends.
If you haven’t been that active in recent years start with slow and easy movements – set your daily walking goals and try yoga.
You have numerous options to choose from, so don’t give up even if you don’t enjoy something at first – try the next thing and continue doing so until you find something that you like.
Create a habit
There are different ways to create a habit. Some say you must stick to your commitment for 3 months; some say that you need to set clearly defined goals.
Either way, try doing the activity of your choice at the same time every day. For example, If you want to go swimming 3 times a week, reserve slots for when you are going to make time for swimming and try sticking to it for at least a month.
You can use different reminder applications on your phone, as the satisfaction of completing a task is a great motivation because it helps us structure our day and become more productive.
Maybe company works for you – get yourself a partner to motivate each other towards creating a healthy habit. Doing things together with someone is always more fun!
And don’t forget to reward yourself!
Remind yourself about how great you’re doing. Don’t push yourself too hard and make sure to enjoy the process. Be kind to yourself and if you feel like you need to take a break from working out or you don’t feel good – take a couple of days off. The most important thing is that you feel good, and you feel healthy!
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