We all want to look and feel younger than we really are and we know that exercise is one of the most important things we can do to keep our bodies feeling young, healthy, and having more energy. That being said, there are things to avoid while exercising that aren’t so great for your aging body, as well as things that will help you get a better experience in your workout and daily life.
- Don’t over work your body. Our muscles need a chance to rest and recover after a workout. The recovery time for your muscles actually increases as you get older, and if you aren’t giving your body adequate rest, it can lead to injury. Listen to your body. If you are feeling pretty sore the next day after a workout, rest for at least two days. Instead of cardio and weights, work on light stretching and yoga. Rest days are just as important, if not more, as your workout days.
- Don’t limit yourself to just cardio. Cardio has it’s place, and is important to your health, but without any other resistance training, your body will lack muscle tone. The older you get, the more muscle your body starts to lose, so it’s important that you are strengthening those muscles now on a regular basis. If you are a cardio nut, make sure to switch out a couple days a week with weight training.
- Do get a good nights sleep. Along with exercising on a regular basis, getting a good nights rest will help you age a little more gracefully. The amount of sleep a person needs per night varies, but is somewhere between 7-9 hours. Have a set time that you go to bed and wake up everyday, and stick to it. Our bodies need structure, and a rested body will help you have more energy, and keep you active. As we age, sleeping problems are much more common, so having good sleep habits while you’re young can help your body with sleeping as you get older.
- Do buy quality shoes. I know, we are all looking for a deal, and want to keep our expenses low, but when it comes to your shoes (specifically your running or workout shoes) make sure they are good quality, and are tailored to your specific foot needs. You will be less likely to suffer a foot injury if you have a stable supportive shoe on while you exercise. As you age this is very important, since our bodies are more prone to injury as we get older. If you are not sure what type of shoe is right for you, come see Dr. Evan Merrill who can help you choose the shoe for your foot.
Exercising, eating right, and getting enough sleep are the three most important things you can do to help yourself stay active, healthy and happy as you get older. Dr. Evan Merrill and his staff at Southern Oregon Foot and Ankle LLC know the importance of a healthy lifestyle. If you are suffering from foot and ankle problems make an appointment today by calling 541-776-3338 or by making an appointment online.