Here's something you may not know: Exercising doesn't really help you lose weight! Experts say you burn pretty much the sam number of calories a day whether you're competing in a marathon or sinking into your couch binge watching Stranger Things on Netflix.
Now, exercise has a number of positive benefits, so we're not telling you to skip the gym. Lack of exercise can lead to chronic inflammation, which leads to most of the diseases linked to aging.
So, keep up that daily exercise routine. But to lose weight, you're a still going to have to eat less.
You don’t have to buy an expensive gym membership and drive yourself to the edge to feel better.
Research shows that simply walking for as little as 5 minutes a day can help you combat some of the things that develop as we age. For instance:
Arthritis: Walking at a leisurely pace can help ease the pain of arthritis as much as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs! It strengthens muscles that support the joints can help you shed pounds and reduce joint stiffness. Experts recommend starting out with a 5 min walk 5 days a week, gradually building it up to 30 minutes a day. If you feel worse 2 hours after completing your walk, take a less intense walk the next time.
High Blood Pressure: You may need to walk a bit longer to see a reduction in blood pressure. Aim for at least 1-and-three-quarters of a mile most days of the week. Again, you don’t need to exert yourself – a leisurely pace is fine.
Insomnia, Depression, Osteoporosis and even Diabetes can all be helped by a daily walk.
As always, before you begin any exercise regimen, consult with your physician.