The older you get the more you find ways to avoid exercise, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. As one wag put it: the only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck.
But the fact is, the older you get the more you need to exert yourself. You must overcome the inertia of aging and find ways of improving your heart rate and blood sugar levels by developing good exercise habits. Of course, it is important to check with your doctor before beginning any regimen that involves strenuous activities, says AMAC.
Exercise is particular good for fending off Type 2 Diabetes and other chronic conditions. In fact, the World Health Organization, which says that a healthy diet, increased physical activity and avoiding tobacco use can prevent 80% of premature heart disease, 80% of type 2 diabetes cases and 40% of cancers.