There are lots of reasons to start exercising. It makes you stronger, more flexible, and more energetic. It helps you sleep better and relax more effectively. Plus, it can even make you look better and feel younger! Trouble is, most people don’t start exercising right away. They may not think they have time or energy for it, or they might not know how to get started. However, sometimes exercise might be something necessary for your health. Here are some red flags that tell you to exercise more if you are over 50.
1. Have you gained 10 pounds or more over the past year? This is a sign that you have gradually become less active, but it may also be a sign of your metabolism slowing down as you age.
To determine if you are becoming less active, keep an activity diary for a few days or a week and write down each activity you do during the day. The diary will help you to realize how many calories you are actually burning.
2. Do you have trouble getting up from a chair, climbing stairs or doing yard work? This could be due to a medical condition such as arthritis, but it could also be another sign of inactivity.
3. Do you get breathless when walking up the stairs? This could be due to being overweight or out of shape, but it might also be related to heart disease or lung disease. Consult your health care provider if your breathing becomes labored after minimal exertion.
4. Do you wake up tired in the morning? Exercise helps people fall asleep faster and sleep deeper at night because it improves overall cardiovascular fitness and boosts energy levels. It can even help improve your mood and reduce stress. For optimal health benefits, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.