Oh, those little aches and pains. Like many of us, you may already get them in the morning. And as we age, they only get worse and worse – UNLESS…
You stay active and keep moving!
People who are committed to regular aerobic exercise have much less muscle and joint pain as they age. How much less, you may ask? Well, a 14-year study that followed a group of healthy adults 60 and over found that those who engaged in regular aerobic exercise had as much as 25% less musculoskeletal pain as they aged – even those whose primary aerobic activity was high-impact running. Researchers suspect that the natural endorphin release that follows a cardio workout may play a role in the effect.
Having less pain when you’re older contributes greatly to leading a more active and independent life into advanced age. Here are a few more suggestions for reducing your risk for future chronic aches and pains:
- Hit the mat and stretch – Yoga boosts endorphins, improves flexibility and builds joint-supporting strength.
- Cross- training – Mixing up your routine helps to keep your back strong and limber. It even contributes to healthier cholesterol levels, which is just a nice bonus.
- Build your quads – Weak quadriceps muscles are linked to knee arthritis, so work them out (as well as your hamstrings and other leg muscles) regularly.
- Go Green – With tea, that is. Potent compounds in green tea – EGCG and ECG – are said to battle cartilage and collagen destruction in arthritic joints.
So, this is just more incentive for you to stick with your program and keep on bringing it! The cross-training, muscle confusion, and variety built into your program is not only going to help keep you from getting bored with your workouts, get and keep you fit as a fiddle - it’ll keep your bone mass up, reduce back and other pain, and improve your cholesterol profile. As a side note, knee injury will triple your risk of knee osteoarthritis. So, when you exercise, take proper precautions and watch your form. Okay, enough reading for you. Go Push Play!