Exercise is Important at Every Age and Stage of Life Alisha Woodcock CPT, NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Posted: May 1, 2019

Exercise is important at every age and stage of life. However, as we age, we tend to sit more, move less and we naturally become more sedentary as physical job demands lessen. There are numerous benefits of exercise as we start to age including increasing cardiovascular strength and endurance, increasing muscular strength, mobility, flexibility and balance. Exercise will also help reduce the risk of unwanted falls, dementia, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. Physical activity can improve bone density, sleep patterns and makes you happier.

When we talk about exercise, we are not limited to just one type of exercise. Finding different types of physical activity that you enjoy doing day to day will make a huge impact on your mind and body. Cardiovascular exercise may include walking, jogging, swimming, biking or even aerobics class. Our heart and lungs need exercise just like our bones and muscles. Cardiovascular training gives our heart and lungs the opportunity to work at their full capacity bringing more blood and oxygen through our heart and to the rest of our body and organs.

Incorporating weight training and muscle strengthening exercises (which also requires our bones to work and grow) our bodies can better handle the demands of daily tasks. The more we move our bodies on a daily basis, increasing mobility, stamina, and flexibility, the better we are able to react and respond quickly to a stumble or unexpected fall.  Increased bone density can help prevent some fractures and breaks.

As we age, it can be common to experience a form of depression due to changing schedules or feeling a loss of purpose after retiring. By exercising, our body releases natural chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins lighten your mood and create a sense of happiness. You may find yourself in a happier, more positive and energetic mood and who doesn’t want that! Surround yourself with other individuals who are encouraging and motivating to keep you heading in the right direction. Exercise is a great alternative to over the counter or prescription medications. 

It's never too late to take up exercise!

     

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