Over the last few years there’s no doubt that exercise has become a lot more understood, and governments around the world are actively preaching the benefits.

One group who perhaps doesn’t take full advantage of exercise is the elderly, though. Sure, more and more are turning towards it, but some still fear the E-word and subsequently ignore it.

One of the reasons behind the above is because of a whole host of misconceptions that are doing the rounds. We will now mull over some of these myths, to hopefully show that exercise isn’t a word that should only be associated with the young.

Myth #1 – You should only focus on physical exercise

When exercise is referred to, a lot of people think that it’s only related to the physical variety. Well, nowadays in particular, mental health is just as important and you need to be doing your upmost to stay on top of it.

How can you do this? It might be as easy as staying on top of your financial woes, just so you can minimize your worries in your head. This might be taking care of various expenses, such as potential funeral costs, elderly care or even paying for the kids’ deposit!

Other mental exercises include brain training apps, or simply trying to memorize lists. Both of these suggestions can just make your brain function a little more cohesively.

Myth #2 – Exercise means that you risk falling down

As we all know, you are much more likely to incur falls as you get older. However, to use this as an excuse for not exercising is completely invalid.

A lot of this is based around the definition of exercise. Sure, when you are young it might involve intense sessions at the gym or darting around at your sport of choice, but it doesn’t have to always be like this. Sometimes, it can just involve brisk walks.

Additionally, as soon as you start to exercise regularly you’ll notice that you start to build strength and stamina, whilst your balance will also improve. The upshot of this is that the chance of falling starts to decrease anyway.

Myth #3 – Exercise is too frustrating

This next point is all about mentality. After all, a lot of people aren’t willing to take to exercise just because they won’t be able to achieve their former goals. For example, if they used to lift heavy weights, it stands to reason that they won’t be able to do that anymore.

Should that be a reason to cease all forms of exercise though? Absolutely not, and again, it’s another one of those excuses that needs to be ignored. Sure, you won’t be able to reach the heights that you once did, but this is all about adapting and setting new goals. If you can set attainable goals, you will quickly find that your motivational levels increase as you bid to achieve them through your new regime.

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