EXERCISE IS THE KEY TO HEALTHY AGING
Beginning an exercise routine especially in your golden years has been shown to offer significant health benefits, both mental and physical. If we exercise, we can enjoy years of health. On the other hand, if we remain sedentary, our remaining years will not be as pleasant. Exercise will help you:
- look and feel younger
- stay active longer
- boost energy
- enhance your mood and memory
- Increase balance
- Improve your quality of life
- slow down your aging process
What happens to muscles, bones and joints as we age?
As we grow older, muscle mass decreases. Muscle loses size and strength which contributes to fatigue and weakness. Bones become less dense due to an inactive lifestyle causing bone wastage. Joint movement becomes stiffer and less flexible. Weight-bearing exercise, such as weight training, is shown to be the most effective type of exercise for preserving muscle strength, bone mass, and joint mobility.
Exercise after 60
When it comes to exercise for seniors, consistency is more important than intensity. You don’t have to engage in strenuous exercises. Light to moderate strength training can lead to substantial health benefits.
- Increase mental capacity
Research links physical activity with slower mental decline. Exercise increases blood flow to all parts of your body, including your brain, and helps promote cell growth there, preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Prevent disease
Exercise may delay or prevent many diseases associated with aging, such as diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and may reduce overall hospitalization rates.
- Improve healing
Injuries and wounds take longer to heal as people age. Regular exercise by older adults may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25%.
- Exercise improves your sleep
Regular exercise often improves sleep, helping you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply.
It’s Never too late to build muscle
Muscle mass can increase at any age in response to exercise. It is possible to adopt healthier habits and restore the body to good health. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle. Commit to a strength training program at least twice per week and reap the benefits of staying fit well into our golden years of life.
*See your doctor for a physical examination and medical clearance before starting an exercise program.