By: Justin Hill
Positive Aging is much like positive psychology in that it looks at aging as not some burdensome thing where an individual gives up and gives in. Instead, as a Positive Ager, you make daily decisions to increase meaning as you age, while diminishing the fear of loss in the face of age-related decline.
Exercise is one of the key elements that Positive Agers engage in that helps fortify their self-image and confidence as they age.
It’s not only beneficial to your physical health, it’s also mentally healthy. In fact, Healthguide breaks down some benefits of exercise for older adults:
In the healthguide article, they cover five myths of activity and aging. I definitely recommend checking it out.
Another pertinent site, Nihseniorhealth, claims that exercise is “one of the healthiest things you can do.”
Bold, but true.
In addition, “even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.”
If you aren’t getting physical, exercising, or involved in some sort of activity where you engage your body, then you should – in fact, to positively age, you must.
It shouldn’t be a chore or something you avoid either because the benefits clearly show that if you exercise your overall life and health (physical and mental) will be much improved as you age.
Nihseniorhealth also goes on to say that the lack of physical activity can be risky and potentially be the cause that ends you up at the doctor, at the hospital, and taking more medications for illnesses.
The choice seems obvious to me: get your body moving more, whether that’s exercise or physical activity. Here are some examples to get you moving.
If you still aren’t convinced, Agingcare says that exercise for seniors older than 65 years is “absolutely” safe and beneficial.
Check out each of the above articles for more information. They all point to the same message: exercising, across the board, is good for you.
Now to move onto the point of this article – providing you with a quick list of 6 exercise apps that can help you monitor and managing your exercising routine.
Nike+ Training Club
The Nike+ Training Club App is loaded with 100+ workouts, has expert-guided instructional videos, personal plans that you can adapt, and a way to share your workouts with others.
If you're not sure what type of workout to do, this app can help cater a workout that fits to your person style.
The C25k App is great for beginners and claims to be able to take you from couch potato to 5k distance runner in 8 weeks.
The main point here is not to get into the 5k spirit, but more that this particular app is targeted to first-time runners. If running is the thing you want to get into, this app can be a great assistive tool.
Runkeeper is also a running app used by over 50-million runners. It has a strong community component and its focus it to help get you out and running.
Just like the other apps on here, you can track set a plan, track your goals, and see your progress, among other things.
My Fitness Pal
My Fitness Pal is more tailored to helping you keep track of the food (specifically, calories) you eat – which is another part to managing your health.
In fact, according to their site, “the more consistently you track your food intake, the more likely you are to lose weight.” So, if weight loss is a goal of yours, exercise is not the only thing to consider. There’s eating right, too. And My Fitness Pal can assist with this.
If you are interested in exercise apps, there is a section of featured apps that are compatible with My Fitness Pal.
Fitbit is a multiplatform app that helps you track things like activity, exercise, food intake, weight, and even sleep.
It has a multitude of things it can help you monitor. And just like the other apps, Fitbit can help you stay fit and keep you motivated while realizing that small steps can eventually lead to big changes.
Like the Nike+ Training Club App, the Fitness Builder App provides 1,000 plus workouts and 7,000+ fitness images and videos to help you get back into exercising. This app is sure to be a helpful hand and guide in the pursuit of becoming more active.
Use Your Phone to Track Your Steps
Perhaps walking is your thing. Well, you can do something as simple as timing yourself for a forty-five minute to 1-hour walk using the timer on your phone, a hand watch, or a stop watch.
In addition, check out this article on how to track the steps you take with an iPhone or Android phone.
No matter what option you choose, the point you should focus on is becoming more active and including exercise into your daily life.
The above apps will make things a lot easier for you. Granted, it may take a little bit to get over the learning curve of downloading and using the apps, but you can ask friends for help, or even contact the companies through their websites for further assistance.
In the end, these apps can cut a lot of the time of looking up videos and trying to figure out how to do an exercise properly because it is all within the app.
Let me know how these apps worked for you, or if you found other, useful apps, talk about them below.
Now get out there and be active - there's nothing but benefits from it.
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