There isn’t any better health advice out there for a middle-aged person than “move more.”
Nearly a third of U.S. adults over the age of 50 get no physical activity outside of work, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It’s unfortunate because exercise is the most affordable and effective way to stay healthy.
Just 150 minutes of exercise per week – and any type of exercise that boosts heart rate just a little – can help stave off chronic illness, improve blood flow, and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and more.
So, why aren’t people doing more of it?
The two biggest barriers to exercise are time and fatigue. Most people suggest they have too much on their plate to dedicate any time to exercise, or that they are simply too tired every day to fit some in.
Thankfully, clearing those barriers is simple.
If time is your issue, then set a plan. Schedule it into your week like you would a movie night, social outing, or trip to the grocery store. When you know you’ve got to go for a walk at 7:00 am, you’re more likely to do it.
Setting goals along with a schedule is another way to stay committed. Your goal can be either frequency, duration, when to exercise, or even something like a weekly or daily step count.
Using creative ways to hit the activity targets is also fun. Instead of driving to the grocery store to buy one or two items, why not walk, or at least park further from the entrance.
Finding ways to be active with the things you’re already doing makes it more natural and more likely to become permanent, as well.
Getting more movement helps your health and is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Commit to it and good things can happen.