Part of being independent involves a healthy lifestyle. The better we care for our bodies, the more independent we can be. One of my grandmothers cared for herself up until the day she died and the other is currently in a nursing home. She suffers with Alzheimer's and will need constant care from now on.
Is there any way to guarantee we will age without needing care? No, but if you see exercise and a healthy lifestyle as preventative medicine, chances are you can rule out a lot of factors that make aging such a nightmare.
Why you should exercise and practice a healthy lifestyle as you ease into aging:
1.) Studies have recently revealed that aerobic exercise improves cognitive function which is directly related to Alzheimer's disease.
2.) Peak bone mass occurs in your 20's and slowly declines as we age. Weight bearing activity helps strengthen bones.
3.) Lifting weights strengthens not only muscle and bone, but also connective tissue. Strong connective tissue helps keep our joints stable and reduces injury.
4.) Balance is something all aging people are afraid of losing and strength training helps maintain it.
5.) Exercise helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
6.) Physical activity can positively impact your sense of well-being.
If you aren't accustomed to strength and aerobic training, it can be easily overlooked. Knowing the importance of exercise and incorporating it regularly can ease some of the discomfort of aging and some of the costs associated with frequent doctor visits.