There are many reasons why you should seriously think about getting fit after 45. Probably the main reason that you need to do this is that your chances of getting Osteoarthritis which is the most common type of arthritis are estimated to be 12.1% if you live in the U.S.A.
There are currently over 21 million Americans over the age of 25 how live with osteoarthritis. The condition is seen more in senior adults however it is becoming more prevalent and younger people as a result of joint injury or in more rare cases through joint malformation or genetic defection.
Osteoarthritis affects both men and women with men out numbering women under age 45 and women outnumbering men after age 45. Also those who are overweight or obese have a higher chance of osteoarthritis as well as those who work in fields like clerical work or manual labor which have a higher rate of stressing the joints. If you are to follow the trends for this disease in the next few decades 20% of the over 65 population would be at high risk.
There are some very specific programs available that are centered on dealing specifically with avoiding and fighting the onset of arthritis. If you already have arthritic symptoms these programs offer a ways to learn about osteoarthritis and the importance of exercise customized to the needs of people dealing with osteoarthritis and ways to manage the symptoms.
You will be instructed on how to do safe stretching, aerobic, and strength exercises that will slowly go up in duration, frequency and intensity as they progress. They teach you in a step by step manner how to incorporate exercise into your lifestyle by exercising 1 hour workouts 3 days a week.
The subjects covered are from how to reduce arthritis symptoms to maintaining independent function but the point is that you can avoid all of this by exercising on a regular basis. You do not need to spend a lot of time and you will get good sustainable results from only three hours a week.