More and more people are becoming aware of the positive health benefits of exercise, and strength training in particular. Simply put, regular exercise and weight training can not only add years to your life, but crucially it can greatly enhance the quality of those years. The variety of lifts performed in the gym (with correct technique) can help keep your body strong and supple as you age, lessening your risk of injury and illness in the process. There are three key ways that regular exercise and good nutrition can add to your life and enhance it's quality.
Do what you can, when you can. Get out for a walk, go for a cycle or play a game of football with the kids. Whatever it is, make sure your moving your body in as many ways as possible on a regular basis.
2. Make rest & recovery a priority
Training yourself into the ground isn't fun and you can set yourself back by overdoing it. Recovery is just as, if not more important than exercise in maintaining long term health and energy. Remember, your a human being, not a human doing. You need rest, and plenty of it. Getting at least 7 hours quality sleep every night is a vital part of this recovery.
3. Nail your nutrition
Keeping it simple is key to good nutrition. You don't have to count every single calorie, but you do need to have an awareness of your eating habits. The key is to formulate a diet you can stick to over the long haul. For example, if you can eat healthy at least 80% of the time, you will find your diet easier to sustain long term.
The most important thing to remember is that the time to take action on these principles isn’t when you’re older. Your best option is to start now - whatever your age - so you can grow older more gracefully, while being stronger and fitter