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August 24, 2016

5 Reasons Not to Slow Down After 60

Health, Fitness, Exercise, 60+

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Are you tired of hearing people tell you to slow down? Does it feel like since you retired, friends and family are always telling you to take it easy?

If you’re not ready to sit back and do Sudoku just yet, then take it from us. You don’t need to slow down. And you don’t need to take a rest if you enjoy what you do.

Stop listening to society, stop listening to your children, get your trainers on and get moving.

Things don’t have to get harder as you get older. Here’s 5 reasons not to slow down after 60 from the DVCC team:

  1. Exercise Improves Your Cholesterol

You don’t have to work out every day to improve your cholesterol. But with as few as three good sessions a week, you can raise your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol.

You might be asking if you should be lowering your cholesterol instead of raising it. Well, actually, no. Cholesterol isn’t the same as blood pressure; so you can improve it by raising your amount of "good" cholesterol through physical activity.

  1. A Booming Social Life

Working out isn’t only the best way to stay fitter and stronger as you age. It’s also a great way of making friends. Stay motivated in a group of like-minded people in the same position as you.

No judging. No competitions. Just a healthy and friendly community at the DVCC.

  1. You’ll Live Longer

OK, bit of a bold claim, but longevity of life has indeed been linked to muscle tone. So, in theory, the bigger muscles you have, the longer you’ll live.

You don’t have to become Arnold Schwarzenegger here, but as you get older you lose muscle tone. And the best way to stop that from happening (or even regain lost muscle tone) is through regular exercise and resistance training.

  1. It Improves Memory and Cognitive Function

Yep. So you can throw away your Sudoku for now (unless you enjoy it). Exercise has been proven to make you fitter both physically and mentally.

Studies have shown that regular exercise can help prevent cognitive decline and even stop your brain from aging by up to 10 years. Yet another reason not to slow things down as you age!

  1. Exercise Gives You Independence

Think about it. You don’t want to rely on your children driving you around from place to place. Why, when you can easily drive or walk yourself? The best way to stay independent for longer is by exercising regularly and keeping fit.

So enjoy your retirement by all means, but make sure you’re retired – not expired.    

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