As you age, your body starts to change, and your physical abilities begin to decline. This is not your body’s way of telling you that you need to stop exercising, but essentially the opposite. It has been discovered that a decrease in physical activity, especially between the ages of 50 to 70, has extremely negative consequences, while the benefits of regular exercise actually reduces the common effects of aging.

Myth 1 Older people should not exercise. They should be resting and saving their strength.

Exercising relieves stress, heightens your mood, and manages a variety of symptoms from pain and illnesses, as well as help to improve your overall well-being. The key to staying fit, strong, and energetic is to exercise. In reality, inactivity can actually cause older adults to lose their ability to do various activities. The results of this lead to more doctors’ visits and hospitalizations.

Myth 2 Exercising puts me at a higher risk for falling and getting hurt.

Even though this myth may make logical sense, in actuality the opposite is true. Exercising regularly builds strength, stamina, improves balance, and can prevent the loss of bone mass. These combined factors can actually reduce your risk of falling.

Myth 3 I am too old to start exercising.

When it comes to exercising everyone has to start somewhere. If it has been a while or you have never exercise, start with light walks and jogs and other simple activities. Exercise is not about the difficultly level, it is about helping improve and maintain your body.

Myth 4 I have a disability. I can’t exercise sitting down.

Although being chair bound does make exercising a little more difficult, it does not mean you cannot or should not do it. There are a variety of aerobic exercises that can still be done. Chair aerobics can enhance muscle tone, increase your cardiovascular health, and help to improve your body’s range of motion.

Myth 5 I am getting too old there and is no point to exercising now.

There isn’t an age limit when it comes to improving your body’s functions. Exercising helps improve your sleep, mood, self-confidence, and brain and cardiovascular functions.

While it is extremely important to exercise, it is even more important that you exercise at the appropriate intensity level suited to you and your body. Make sure you know your limits and are aware of the signs your body gives you to stop or slow down. If you have any faintness, dizziness, chest pain, extreme joint pain, or an abnormal heart rate stop exercising. With any type of exercise plan a warm-up and a cool-down is a necessity. In order to protect your ligaments, joints, tendons, and muscles you must start every session with warm-up and end every session with a cool-down. Exercise can be extremely helpful to your body, just be sure to be safe and listen to your body’s signs.