Active movement is essential for maintaining your health and physical competence, especially as you advance further into adulthood. A key to your lifetime well-being is to develop a repertoire of enjoyable year-round routines. There are a wide variety of endeavors that can help you stay aerobically fit. In this chapter, there is consideration of many types of playful movement including cycling, swimming, and other sports. The next chapter delves into a broad spectrum of activities that are focused on fostering muscular fitness, flexibility and strength.
Have you become sedentary during the last several years? As most people get older, they less often play or move around in a vigorous manner. With each successive birthday, they are increasingly likely to feel more out of shape. However, much of what is regarded as age-related deterioration is due to a lack of aerobically stimulating activity rather than being a function of biological inevitability.
Aerobic fitness is crucial for your continuing vitality and health. Vigorous activities increase the oxygen-utilization capacity of your large muscles. You are building endurance as well as burning calories. Moreover, having a variety of ways to stay active helps you to maintain a relatively low level of body fat.