(CARLSBAD, CA) – Frank Sinatra sang the immortal words, “Fairy tales can come true. It can happen to you, if you’re young at heart.” And while the definition of “young at heart” means different things to different people, the overall message remains the same. Why just exist if you can really live?
Choosing to age in an active manner cannot only add years onto your life, but can also make those years much more meaningful. Judi Sheppard Missett, founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Inc., gives the following suggestions for active aging and staying young at heart.
Add cardiovascular activity into your day. Do some type of cardiovascular activity for a minimum of 30 minutes on at least three to five days of every week. Take the first few minutes to warm-up and the final segment of time to cool down. If you feel like you’re getting into a cardiovascular rut, then try interval training, where you increase your intensity for three to five minutes at various times throughout the workout.
Include strength training in your exercise regimen. Strength training is critical to increase bone density, decrease body fat, and improve posture, balance, and mobility. Incorporate some type of strength-training exercise at least two days per week.
Stretch. As we age, our muscles and joints become stiff. The only way to counteract this process is with regular stretching. Always stretch when your muscles are warm, such as the end of a cardiovascular activity. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds, without bouncing.
Put on your adventurous spirit. As you age, it’s easy to get into a monotonous routine of daily activities. Don’t give in to this temptation! Take some risks. Try a new sport, take skiing lessons, purchase a new beach cruiser bicycle, or build a sandcastle.
Keep mentally sharp. Besides your physical well being, try crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or reading the latest bestseller to keep your mind sharp.
Whether or not Frank Sinatra is right about fairy tales coming true, staying young at heart is worth the effort. Keep your mind, body, and spirit alive throughout the years. You’re worth it!
Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program with more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in the U.S. and around the globe. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. For more information on Jazzercise go to jazzercise.com or call (800)FIT-IS-IT or (760)476-1750.