Add years to your life, without being intimidated.

Exercise or fitness can be a scary thought for many, with so many reasons why it can’t happen, from pain, time, money, dislike, or just another thing to do in your already busy schedule. But it can be truly live saving. I know it’s all up to you but I’m begging you to start , trust me in 3 months it will be part of your routine It just takes the first step down the road.

If you're not an athlete or serious exerciser — the gym scene can be over whelming Just having to walk by treadmills, stationary bikes, and weight machines can be enough to make you head straight back home to the couch. Or if your battling extra weight you may feel a bit insecure in your gym outfit even, thou you should be proud of making a commitment to start your fitness journey. But there are options to start if not in a gym. Some of the best activities for your body do not require you to be fit enough to run a marathon. There are a couple of"workouts" that can do wonders for your health. They'll help keep your weight under control, improve your balance and range of motion, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, prevent bladder control problems, ward off memory loss and increase your happy hormones to relieve stress.

No matter your age or fitness level, these activities can help you get in shape and lower your risk for disease:

1. Swimming

You might call swimming the perfect workout. The buoyancy of the water supports your body and takes the strain off painful joints so you can move them more fluidly. "Swimming is good for individuals with arthritis because it's less weight-bearing," explains Dr. I-Min Lee, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Research has found that swimming can also improve your mental state and put you in a better mood. Water aerobics is another option. These classes help you burn calories and tone up.

2. Tai Chi / Basic Pilates

This Chinese martial art that combines movement and relaxation is good for both body and mind. In fact, it's been called "meditation in motion." Tai chi is made up of a series of graceful movements, one transitioning smoothly into the next. Because the classes are offered at various levels, tai chi is accessible — and valuable — for people of all ages and fitness levels. "It's particularly good for older people because balance is an important component of fitness, and balance is something we lose as we get older," Dr. Lee says. Pilates has different levels and essential for stretching and getting muscles to recognize good movement.

3. Strength Training / Resistance Training Made Simple

If you believe that strength training is a macho, brawny activity, think again. Lifting light weights won't bulk up your muscles, but it will keep them strong. "If you don't use muscles, they will lose their strength over time," Muscle also helps burn calories. "The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, so it's easier to maintain your weight,” Strength training may also help preserve brain function in later years. (watch for a VIP4Health video release in the next couple of weeks, in production NOW)

Before starting a weight training program, be sure to learn the proper form. Start light, with just one or two pounds. You should be able to lift the weights 10 times with ease. After a couple of weeks, increase that by a pound or two. If you can easily lift the weights through the entire range of motion more than 12 times, move up to slightly heavier weight. You will not bulk up.

4. Walking

Walking is simple, yet powerful. It can help you stay trim, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep blood pressure in check, lift your mood, and lower your risk for a number of diseases. All you need is a well-fitting and supportive pair of shoes. Start with walking for about 10 to15 minutes at a time. Over time, you can start to walk farther and faster, until you're walking for 30 to 60 minutes about 5 days of the week. It’s all part of self care.

5. Kegel exercises

These exercises won't help you look better, but they do something just as important — strengthen the pelvic floor muscles that support the bladder. Strong pelvic floor muscles can go a long way toward preventing incontinence and increase sexual satisfaction. While many women are familiar with Kegels, these exercises can benefit men too. To do a Kegel exercise correctly, squeeze the muscles you would use to prevent yourself from passing urine or gas. Hold the contraction for two or three seconds, then release. Make sure to completely relax your pelvic floor muscles after the contraction. Repeat 10 times. Try to do four to five sets a day.

Many of the things we do for fun (and work) count as exercise. Raking the yard counts as physical activity. Dancing, Pilates, Yoga , Bike riding, as long as you're doing some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes a day five days a week and you include two days of strength training a week, you can consider yourself an "active" person. Fitness should be enjoyable not a painful duty otherwise it is short lived and we quit at it. If you don’t like something such as a kick box class find another activity but don’t give up! Exercise is truly the fountain of youth.

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