Life can get pretty busy and throw some unexpected (yet wonderful) changes in your life, such as a lifelong partnership, a new baby, or a successful career. Life can also have unfortunate experiences, like a heart attack, stroke, or another health condition.
Sometimes, it can be hard to balance a healthy lifestyle with all the craziness that surrounds your day. However, doctors and researchers have made it clear that exercising, especially later on in your life, can drastically improve your health and prevent a downward spiral as you age.
Whether you want to admit it or not, you are getting older everyday. It's an unenviable change that naturally occurs. Not only does your age number change as the years progress, but so does your body. What you were able to do in your 20s, or even your 30s, might not be as easy in your 40s, 50s or 60s. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill or secret that can keep you looking and feeling young. You have to put the work in yourself.
If you haven't exercised in years, that's okay. It's never too late to change your lifestyle and improve your health. You might be hung up on the idea that you need to have a perfect workout for an hour a day every day to see results; however, that's far from the truth.
Even if you take just 10 minutes out of your day to make small changes (walking more, gardening, playing with your kids in the yard), it can drastically improve your health. Another example: if you like to come home after work and sit on the couch to watch your favorite show, try popping a workout DVD in your laptop while watching the show. Or, you can also do small-yet-effective exercises during the commercial breaks.
What other advice is helpful for women who may feel that they are a little too late to get healthy and fit?
Director of family health and wellness for the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), Kim Dolan Leto, joins Dr. Mike to discuss why it's so important to take care of your health and how it's never to late to start.