John Basedow: Fitness is important at any age, but adults over 50 are often faced with the myth that being active does more harm than good. In fact, it's important to stay active at every age to maintain your quality of life. There is no medical reason why adults of any age can't exercise and continue to see benefits.
To stay fit and healthy do what you can, when you can. Now matter how old you are, as long as your doctor okays physical activity, you should keep moving everyday. Try working out with free weights and daily walks for cardio. Low impact exercises like chair routines and swimming can keep even arthritis sufferers active as they age.
When you hear about someone having a heart attack because they shoveled snow, it's not the exertion that caused it, it's often the fact that their heart was out of shape. Continuing exercise throughout your life is important to keep every part of your body running smoothly. If you are not active now, you should get started.
Fitness keeps your heart healthy, boosts muscle growth, and improves osteo health. The American Health Association says for every hour of regular exercise you do, it adds two hours to your life. Even if you are willing to retirement, it's never too late to start. But the longer you wait, the longer it takes to see benefits. Remember, age is just a number and with fitness, you reset the clock. Get active and stay active to enjoy life to its fullest for as long as you can.