Exercise is essential for building and maintaining muscle and cardiovascular health and also crucial for brain function. Exercise may improve your mood, allow for more restful sleep, and mitigate stress and anxiety, helping you to stay more mentally sharp.1
An indicator of long-term mortality may be your aerobic fitness level. The more exercise you do that increases your heart rate up and keeps it up for a while, the more potentially significant benefit to your health. With just three hours of regular exercise a week, you may increase your life by as much as five years. Exercise may also stave off risks of premature death such as diabetes and cardiac disease.1
Medical costs may be one of the greatest financial concerns in retirement as medical expenses continue to rise, and more and more health concerns occur as you get older. Regular exercise may help you lower your risk of many health concerns, which may mean fewer trips to the doctor, less medication, and lower overall expenses.1
As we age, bone and muscle loss occur, especially for women. You may be able to manage the accelerated decline that comes with age by incorporating regular strength training into your exercise routines. Even simple routines with lighter weights may help you slow your bone loss and help you keep the muscle mass you have.1
Our exercise routines are likely to change as we get older. Be mindful of worn joints and back issues and consider these when creating your exercise routine. Some of the more ideal moderate-level activities include brisk walking, water aerobics, tennis, dancing, and cycling. If you suffer from fewer ailments and are looking to dial up the intensity of your exercise routine, you may want to consider jogging, swimming laps, aerobics, hiking, biking, or intense gardening.2
17 Surprising Benefits of Staying Fit in Retirement, Money Talks News, https://www.moneytalksnews.com/8-reasons-you-need-to-stay-fit-after-age-50/
2Retirement an excellent time to pump up exercise, USA Today, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2014/01/19/retirees-exercise-physical-activity/4262151/
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