“Will you still need me, when I’m 64?”
The Beatles posed that question in 1967, when I was turning 21. Now that I am 64, the question is what will we need when we’re 64 and beyond?
We may still want to work. Or we may be moving toward retirement. But, if the question is Will I still need to exercise daily? … the answer is a resounding Yes!
According to the National Institutes for Health, staying physically active and exercising regularly provides health benefits at any age. And, it’s not too late to start if you’re already in your 40s, 50s, 60s or beyond.
Each decade can be your milestone to reassess your focus on fitness and introduce something new. As long as your doctor agrees you’re up to the challenge, push yourself up to a new level of activity. Add something new. Try something different. Maybe you’ll plan to hike the Himalayas before you turn 50 or take up kayaking by your 60th birthday. Or maybe you’ll just increase the amount of time you already spend doing yoga.
Whatever activity you choose, exercise will help keep you feeling younger and will help to prevent or lessen the conditions that result from sedentary aging.
I’d love to hear what you’re doing now to stay fit. And, what will you add for your next decade?
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