exercising as you age the benefits

The Benefits of Exercising As You Age

It’s never too late to start being healthy, here’s some benefits that come from exercising as you age

Do you think you’re too old to exercise? Think again! There’s always benefits to be gained from working out, no matter your age or fitness level. Exercising as you age should become more of a priority.

You are never too old to start exercising, improve your health and discover a love for fitness.  As we age it’s important to integrate a mixture of cardiovascular and strength training into our fitness routines.

By age 40 our muscle mass peaks and then declines at a faster pace.  But strength training can help us to recover muscle mass, power and increase bone density. It’s also a great way to tone the body, improve balance and lose weight.  Being physically active has been proven to add years to your life and it can also help boost your energy, reduce the risk of injury, build bone density, help manage your weight and protect your heart and brain health.

Understandably there are many reasons why we tend to slow down and become less active with age. For some, it can be family commitments, a health condition, an injury, weight or concerns about the ability to perform the exercise. However, as we age it is more important than ever before to maintain an active lifestyle.

Exercise for heart health

Regular exercise can help reduce your risk of heart disease and the risk factors for heart disease including high blood pressure and high cholesterol.  As you exercise your heart muscle becomes more efficient and better able to pump blood around the body.   With the body pushing out more blood, it allows the heartbeat to slow, keeping blood pressure under control.

Exercise for brain health

Aerobic exercise (cardio) increases blood flow to the brain. Which in turn delivers more oxygen to the brain leading to neurogenesis, or the production on of more neurons, which controls memory and thinking. It can also help foster new brain cell growth and preserve existing brain cells. Furthermore, performing a combination of aerobic and resistance training exercises is beneficial to cognitive function in adults aged over 50.

Medical and fitness professionals agree that 30 minutes a day is the recommended duration to exercise in order to achieve maximum protection for your heart and brain.

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