A 2013 study (age-related decrease in physical activity and functional fitness among elderly men and women – Milanovic et al) found that the ageing process reduced physical activity levels in both men and women, due to a reduction in muscle strength in the limbs, changes in body-fat percentage, flexibility, agility, and endurance.
Have you heard people say things like “I thought, when I retired I should just sit down and read a book and relax?” It seems a very common idea that we should take things easy, but in reality that is the opposite of what we need in order to stay functionally fit. We need to ‘Revive our Body’ by keeping our body moving.
I know that I have slowed down as I have aged. It takes me longer to climb that hill or to take a walk that I took a few years ago. We no longer have the dog and once she had died I got out of the habit of walking. Taking it up again I have realized how my body strength reduced with the lack of exercise. The good news is that in a few short weeks I felt better and was walking stronger.
My body is stronger, more flexible, can go for longer than many other people my age, which I put down to my regular Ageless Grace ® program which gets every part of my body and brain moving. If you can’t find a class near you, why not come to a seminar and learn how to do the simple exercises in your own home? You can order the DVDs online and sit and move to those. Pretty soon, you could feel as though you’ve got into reviving your body!