Friends and family members who know my workout routine always ask me: “Why do you take fitness SO seriously?” My response is always the same. It helps me stay energized, boosts my confidence, makes me feel empowered and improves my memory – the list goes on.
At age 57, I’ve come to the realization that achieving and maintaining health and wellness is a life-long pursuit. And given the changing health care environment, exercise is even more important for baby boomers now than perhaps ever before. Soon, we’ll be citizens of a new health care system, and we’ll be asked to own our individual health and health outcomes.
For some, this may create uneasiness. Obviously, there are plenty of health outcomes beyond our control. BUT, there are a few ways we can take back some of this control, such as eating well, generally maintaining a healthy lifestyle and, most crucially, by staying active and exercising regularly throughout your life.
This is where inclusive fitness comes in. Inclusive fitness means fitness for everyone no matter your age group, fitness ability level or patient type.
Fortunately, fitness equipment is evolving with the new health care setting. Whereas before, exercise equipment was specialized to align with specific physical ability levels, there are now total-body, universally-designed recumbent exercise machines that offer safe, but also highly effective exercise for people of virtually all ability levels – including those with disabilities, in rehabilitation, or desiring health and wellness to get the most out of life. They provide quality, low-impact exercise that can improve a person’s personal health, give people the strength they need to prevent injury down the road and improve their mental wellness.
Engaging in an inclusive fitness routine is also a trackable way to help improve your overall health, and potentially improve other health outcomes, too. In fact, according to the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, regular exercise can offer everything from keeping weight under control to enhancing the immune system to even reducing the risk of developing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. In addition to its physical advantages, exercise also provides several mental health benefits including improved mental acuity, memory and self-image.
I could go on about the importance of exercise, but the real reason why I take health and fitness so seriously is for my family. For each hour of exercise you get, your life expectancy increases by two hours, according to the American Heart Association. And this holds true even if you don’t start exercising until middle age!
So don’t wait another day; I, along with your family and friends, urge you to get started on your journey to health and wellness now. Inclusive fitness is for everyone, including you.
Steve Sarns is the vice president of sales and marketing for NuStep, Inc. with a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Michigan. NuStep, Inc. is a company dedicated to creating life-transforming all-in-one recumbent cross trainers that provide safe and effective inclusive exercise for multiple age and patient groups. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about NuStep, visit www.NuStep.com or call an Active Living Consultant at 1-800-322-2209.