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Why Fitness at 50 is Important for Your Overall Health

August 20, 2015 2 min read

Being fit has a multitude of benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing. And anyone whose gone from overweight to healthy can probably attest that not only did their figure look better, but their moods felt better and their energy levels, too. And the longer you prolong being where you should be, the harder it will be to get there. fitness Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is extremely important for your longevity. And as we reach our midlife years, it becomes even more of a prominent quality. Benjamin Willis, MD, MPH, the lead author of the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, says that fitness at 50 is necessary in ensuring we avoid life-threatening conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer's and more. But if you're worried you're nearing this number and not even sure where to start, don't fret. Slow and steady wins the race! Start off at your own pace. fitness Make sure to ease into a new program. You don't want to overdo it and give up too quickly. "One of the worst things you can do is to start a gung-ho exercise program after being inactive for months or years," says Willis. "That's a recipe for injury." Stretch it out. fitness People truly overlook the benefit of taking the time to stretch. Doing so enables your body to improve its flexibility, which in turn will allow you to get deeper into your exercises as you boost your range of motion. Make cardio a constant. fitness It's been recommended by both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association to complete 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise every week. Don't let that number scare you. It's only 30 minutes, 5 days out of the 7, which is very achievable. Did you go from living a life of little activity to one of regular exercise? What steps did you take to ensure you stuck with your plan and made moving your body part of your lifestyle? Source: Prevention Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_105751" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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