August 27, 2021
You’ve always been active. You loved playing sports when you were a kid, and throughout the years, you’ve made time for exercise in your busy schedule. But you’re not getting any younger, and you’re starting to feel it. Although you’re slowing down a bit compared to your prime, you want to stay active in your twilight years. After all, you may have grandkids, travel plans, and other adventures you want to experience. In addition to eating a healthy diet, how can you make sure you keep your active lifestyle as you get older? Try these helpful tips!
Practicing a Balanced Exercise Routine
Even though you may have a favorite kind of exercise, you shouldn’t only do that one activity. At any age, it’s important to diversify your exercise routine through combining aerobic training and weight training. Strengthening your muscles enables you to perform everyday tasks more efficiently like bringing in the groceries from the car while building a stronger heart helps it manage stress in a healthier way.
The good news is that weight training doesn’t have to entail Olympic-style lifting—you can use an exercise band and hand weights. As you get older, it also becomes essential to implement balance-promoting exercise, such as yoga or tai chi, into your exercise regimen to help you avoid unnecessary falls or injuries. Even practicing standing on one foot can help your aging body continue to stay upright.
Working with an Experienced Chiropractor
As you get older, aches and pains are bound to come up, and they may interfere with your ability to work out properly. At minimum, back pain and other problems can turn exercise or even normal activities into undesirable chores, but they can affect your form and even make the situation worse. Some rest and relaxation is a good thing, but lying down because of pain certainly isn’t.
If you visit a chiropractor to address your joint, back, or neck pain regularly, these issues can remain under control. They can help your spine stay properly aligned, reduce pain and inflammation, and promote healing after an injury. As a result, these problems are less likely to hinder your activity levels, allowing you to live your life to the fullest.
In the end, you may not be as fast or as strong as you once were, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend your more advanced years in pain or just sitting around. By following these tips, you’re sure to keep your active lifestyle and do the things you love. You just may need some help along the way!
About the Author
Dr. Chad Wills has been a practicing chiropractor for more than 20 years. Certified in Chiropractic Biophysics, he is one of only three in Lee and Collier County with this advanced training. On his team at Wills Chiropractic, he also has a certified exercise physiologist on staff to help patients learn healthy exercises for the most beneficial routine. To book an appointment with Dr. Wills, you can contact his team through his website or call 239-331-6060.
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