People I work with report getting stronger, quicker. Here are the top things that busy, aging adults can do to better their quality of life.

 

  1. Maintain muscle mass. It is important because muscle leads to strength. Strength leads to stability. Stability leads to flexibility, mobility, and ability. Every year after 30, adults are prone to losing muscle. Regular exercise keeps muscles. Resistance training keeps muscle better.
  2. If you aren’t already active, get active. Do stuff that doesn’t cause you any pain, and you enjoy. Doing things, you enjoy fosters a positive attitude towards exercise and keep you going. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. If there is something you think you should be doing, but don’t like too, pick an aspect of it that you do like, and do that. I dislike most yoga, so I do 20-30 minutes of the class then usually lie in corpse pose and rest. It’s your life, enjoy it.
  3. Exercise is better with friends. You like your friends. If you don’t like exercise, you may learn to if you do it with friends. After all, misery loves company.
  4. Take naps. This tip is for everyone, really. Our species doesn’t sleep as well as it used to, so getting some nap time in works wonders.
  5. Spend time with people you love. Research shows that it lowers stress.

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