03 Feb Exercise as you get older
Exercise as you get older and live a better life!
Don’t underestimate the healing power of physical activity or the debilitating effects of inactivity. As you get older it is more important than ever to keep yourself active, now this doesn’t mean you have to spend hours in the gym lifting heavy weights and running on the treadmill, something as simple as a daily walk, some light bodyweight exercises and stretching will have a profound effect on you physical abilities, balance and mental strength.
If you can get to the gym, even better as a light cardio and weights program will have enormous benefits to you, especially in a safe controlled environment with trained fitness professionals around you to ensure that you are exercising correctly to get the most out of your time and efforts.
Benefits of exercising later in life
Helps you maintain or lose weight.
As metabolism naturally slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge. Exercise helps increase metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories.
Reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease.
People who exercise tend to have improved immune and digestive functioning, better blood pressure and bone density, and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.
Enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance.
Exercise improves your strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn will help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls. Strength training also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Quality sleep is vital for your overall health. Regular activity can help you fall asleep more quickly, sleep more deeply, and wake feeling more energetic and refreshed.
Boosts mood and self-confidence.
Exercise is a huge stress reliever and the endorphins produced can actually help reduce feelings of sadness, depression, or anxiety. Being active and feeling strong naturally helps you feel more self-confident.
Does amazing things for the brain.
Activities like Sudoku or crossword puzzles can help keep your brain active, but little comes close to the beneficial effects of exercise on the brain. It can help brain functions as diverse as multitasking and creativity and can help slow memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia. Getting active may even help slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.