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Exercises to Keep Your Body Young

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It’s never too late to start working out. Regular physical activity and movement is necessary for our bodies to be able to stay healthy and strong. The best way to start exercising is to find your motivation or passion. Incorporating your favorite things and places into your exercises makes it a lot easier and fun!

Doctors say that for people 50+ exercising for 30 minutes for at least two days a week can show great benefits to your overall health and wellness. Our bodies need to engage in healthy movements to maintain ultimate health at all ages.

Here are a few other exercises that you should integrate into your exercise routine:

Swimming:

This is a great way to increase your heart rate and strengthen your muscles. For those of you who have aches and pains in your joints, when you swim most of your body becomes buoyant so the water will support your body putting less pressure on your joints decreasing your pain.

Yoga:

The purpose of yoga is to build strength, mindfulness and harmony in both your mind and body. Yoga includes rhythmic deep breathing exercises, and physical postures designed to purify the body. Yoga is something you can do at any age, just be sure to pick positions that work for your body.  

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Pilates:

Pilates is a perfect way to improve your balance, and mobility while engaging core. As we get older, balance, stability and control over our bodies becomes even more important. Pilates exercises are good for the whole body, improves posture, and is shown to boost mental health and improve focus as well as concentration.  

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Walking:

Walking for 30 minutes a day is an easy way to improve your overall health. It is as simple as that! Physical activity doesn’t need to be vigorous or hard in order to be healthy, low impact exercises can still be effective for your overall well-being. Whether it be walking alone or with your friend, check out your nearby walking paths or areas good for walking.

Cycling:

It’s like riding your favorite bike as a kid, it can be a regular bike or a stationary bicycle both with give you benefits. Cycling is a great form cardiovascular fitness, it is proven to increase muscle strength and flexibility as well as strengthen bones.

Be healthy, strong and maintain your independence with these top fitness options.

Live Well. Age Well.

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