Fitness as you Age

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An active and healthy lifestyle is more important as you grow older. Regular exercising has benefits like boosting energy, managing symptoms of pain and illness and maintaining your independence. It can even reverse certain symptoms of ageing. Age eventually will have an effect on your body. Maintaining a simple daily exercise routine will make it less challenging to do.  Exercise is also good for your mental well being, memory and mood, and not just for your body. There are many different ways to boost your confidence and improve your fitness.

Sometimes as you grow older, you might find maintaining an exercise routine challenging. You might have illnesses, health problems, or worry about hurting yourself in the process. You might be confused if exercising is a new thing for you and you might not know where to begin. You could even feel that exercise is boring or that you might be too old and weak. You might find a lot of reasons and excuses to slow down and take it easy as you age, whereas in reality, they are still better reasons to get moving.

You can benefit from exercise no matter your age or any physical condition. It doesn’t have to involve gyms or strenuous workouts. Adding more activity and movement in your life is also exercise.

Strength training and exercising helps keep you looking and feeling younger and staying active. It also lowers the risk for many health conditions like heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and certain types of cancer as well as conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Physical Health Benefits

Metabolism slows with age naturally, so maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge. Exercising can help increase your metabolic rate, in building up muscle mass and burning more calories. A daily exercise routine helps maintain or lose weight.

Exercise improves immune function, benefits hearth health, blood pressure and digestion. It also lowers your risk of many chronic conditions like heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, diabetes and certain kinds of cancers.

Exercise improves flexibility, balance and posture, which in turn helps with coordination and so lowers your risk of falling.

Mental Health Benefits

Quality sleep is very important for your overall health. Exercise improves your sleep, causing you to sleep more deeply.

Exercise helps to boost your self confidence and your mood. It relieves stress and the endorphins released can help you reduce feelings of sadness, anxiety or depression.

Exercise may even help slow progression of conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Choosing Activities and Exercises

Listen to music while you workout or lift weights. Take laps in the mall as you go window shopping. Playing sports is also a fun way of exercising. Games like tennis are a good way to tone up arm muscles. Take a camera and click photographs while going on a hike. Watch television while walking on a treadmill. Bring along friends to the gym and chat while stretching or walking. Playing fetch with your dog is both helpful for you as it is for the dog. Run or cycle while feeling stressed out.

So, don’t delay in getting healthy. To plan out your personal health management routines, talk to fitness experts at Fitness19 today.