Lumina at the age of 72 lift weights 3 times a week and hikes daily. Judi, age 76 participates in a CrossFit workout 3 times a week and walks the green belt. Stan at the age of 64 jump ropes, lift weights and runs short distances. There is definitely something to be said that we can work out later in life and still reap the benefits.  According to a study researchers tracked 9,500 women for 12 years, starting when they were at least age 66. In that time, they found that those who went from doing little or nothing to walking just a mile a day slashed their risk of death from all causes and from cancer by nearly half. Their risk of heart disease also fell by more than a third. In fact, they enjoyed nearly as much protection as women who were physically active before the study began and remained so. Jane A. Cauley, DrPH, of the University of Pittsburgh, "We're talking about women with an average age of 77 at the second visit," she tells WebMD. "And we're talking about their engaging in very mild exercise -- and not running marathons."

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If your only form of exercise is working out with your cell phone here are a few tips to get started:

Get a checkup before a workout. A visit to your doctor is wise for anyone beginning an exercise program, but it's crucial for the elderly or others who have been inactive because of health problems.

Start  slow. Once you get the okay, the key to avoiding fatigue and muscle pain is to pull out of the gate very slowly. You may not be able to do more than 15 minutes the first few weeks.

Go more often. Of course, those few minutes of your exercise program can be done several times a day. First, try to do some activity for a few minutes several times a day.

Listen to your body. Don’t worry about going fast. If you are tiring easily or cannot talk comfortably you will need to slow it down or stop.

Don’t do it alone.  Studies show you are more likely to continue long term if you have an accountability partner.

Do what you enjoy. Far too often do I hear “I really don’t like to exercise” Pick an activity that you enjoy, gardening, swimming, tennis, hiking, or skiing. Most important is that you keep moving.

 

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Source: http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/20030513/never-too-late-exercise