As human beings we have been created to move. A study made in the University of Harvard discovered that the people who burned an additional 300 calories a day while exercising reduced their rate of death in 28%. There is an old saying that goes like this “What it is not used it is lost” The person who said this surely was thinking about his muscles and bones. It has been verified by scientific studies that the lack of exercise causes muscle loss, lowers the, metabolism and the density of the bones increasing the risk of osteoporosis in a later age and a great number of preventable diseases.

As the years pass by we reduce our level of physical activity. This often happens by expectations and stereotypes created in relation to the old age where many think that one must reduce physical activity. We must reject these beliefs and plan for activities that motivate us to maintain an active lifestyle for the rest of our lives. Normally we attribute many physical weaknesses to the age and although certainly the mature age has its effects in the body but most of the physical weaknesses can be avoided or be reduced in great way if we maintain an active lifestyle with physical activities that we enjoy and not just only for the sake of doing exercise. My grandfather who is in his 90’s walks several miles a day and he never accepts rides. He still enjoys the benefits of vigor and good health. I really believe that the key of his health and longevity is in not reducing his level of physical activity.

Even if you have been physically inactive for years you can still increase your physical activity, it is never is too late and never too soon to start. And if you are a younger person you can adopt an active style early so that you have more vigor even in the old age. Some people are worried that they will lose their independence and mobility in the later years, the best way to maintain it, to recover it or to increase it is through an exercise lifestyle. Exercise not only strengthens the muscular system preventing the loss of function and mobility, it also improves the health in all the systems of the body. Always talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Even if you are not in a good physical condition you can begin walking 10 to 20 minutes a day adjusting to your fitness level and gradually increasing 5 minutes every week until you reach a maximum of one hour. If you arrive at a minimum of 30 minutes you will do a lot of good to your body. Try to use a fast pace when walking. Remembers to drink enough water and to protect yourself from the weather. Find others with similar interests; join a group or a local gym in your area. You can use fun activities to increase your level of physical activity. For example you can take dance lessons, swim, and do calisthenics, aerobics or some favorite sport. If you have doubts on how to get started talk to a fitness professional and your doctor.

Active at any age