There are plenty of myths talked about among people about almost everything including health, exercise and eating habits. And because such myths exist, we start getting paranoid about the food we eat, the workout we do not to mention we second guess just about everything.
Myths put us on guard and that’s good but it’s better to know the correct fact surrounding a thing. This will make us certain whether we should continue practising it or not.
When people turn 60, they blame their age for not exercising as it is the easiest way to say no to an activity. Easiest but not true. As long as you can do the basic everyday thing, you can push yourself to level up as well. With right kind of motivation, the sky’s the limit, even if you’re pushing 60!
We don’t mean that you should do something that’s beyond your capacities, but we mean to tell you to not limit yourself just because you have already celebrated your 60th birthday and have got the license to use your age as a trump card.
In this piece, we’ll talk about some popular health-related myths among the senior citizens that hold them back from being more fit.
1.You can’t exercise
Fatigue no doubt will make more with increasing age. You get tired very soon. Every task you do takes more effort and thus you need more time to recover from your tiredness. Our cells change when we age.
This is the time when you need to rest more, especially between heavy activities, exercise and workouts. You need to pay attention to your body. Regular and less tasking exercises can help boost your energy levels and make you feel better. This is because exercise and yoga increase the blood flow and provides you with more oxygen and energy.
Your speed and motivation will double when you experience the positive results of your activities. You can also take the assistance of a personal trainer to ensure that you’re using the right posture for a particular exercise or activity.
2. Pain in joints is normal
No, this is a myth. If you exercise regularly and consume a wholesome nutritious diet, joint aches will not bother you. Your joint ache is clearly because of lack of exercise and activity of some kind and not because of your age.
People have accepted this myth as the truth because it happens with most 60-year-olds who don’t work out. But, if you exercise regularly, you’ll never complain about chronic pains.
3. You are likely to be lonely
Loneliness is something that is common and you can’t guarantee. As you suffer from the loss of your loved ones, you might feel lonely. But by no means it is associated with your age and if you are lonely, it can be the reason behind chronic diseases like forgetfulness, dementia and other health problems. So conquer your loneliness by joining clubs and community activities where you can socialise and meet like-minded people.
4. Forgetfulness is usual
If you often forget things and their whereabouts, then it could be a sign of dementia and not necessarily the result of ageing. However, forgetfulness is common in older adults.
No matter what the reason behind it is, forgetfulness is not normal. So if you are going through the same problem, consult your doctor and ask for possible solutions and medication. Ignoring this can lead to more severe issues.
5. You are not creative anymore
Retired people usually have more free time on their hands. This time could be used to do something creative and there are plenty of options to choose from. Of course, with age, your reflexes are not the same as they were in your 20’s or 30’s but this doesn’t mean that you are not creative anymore. Creativity can never be associated with ageing as it is all about how passionate you are about doing something.
In fact getting involved with some creative work will give you a good mental exercise and will sharpen your brain. So don’t hold yourself back and let the creative juices flow!
From now on, if you hear a myth, do not jump to conclusions and believe it straight away. Check if the myth has a factual base and if whether it makes sense at all.