Staying Young With Exercise

Exercise can help the older person to keep fit

Can Exercise or Remaining Active For Longer Really Help You Stay Young

As we grow older, there is more stress and health demands put upon the body. It’s not a time to ditch the health program or cut out any of your fitness routines either.

Unfortunately, as we get older, you need to also increase your exercise routines more than ever.

It’s important for you to keep your body physically fitter, for overall health and wellness. This will enable you to combat certain health problems better, which older people tend to suffer from as they grow older.

This is because; as your body ages your hormone (testosterone) levels start to dip. Joints and muscles, which may have been injured through micro tears, or direct injury, throughout your life, usually start to become chronic, even turning into arthritis.

Everyone, as different fitness levels, but with the right physical therapist or exercise routines, there’s no reason ‘Why’ you can’t stay ahead of the game and remain active throughout your later years.

As your physical body changes slowly over the advancing years, there comes a time when you suddenly realize that things aren’t what they were, understandably, many find this hard to acknowledge.

There’s nothing you can do to stop the aging process, but many unhealthy symptoms are very often self induced, which are reversible, and inevitable. But with the right attitude, understanding, and willingness, the older individual is beginning to understand the gravity of their situation, and most importantly, beginning to realize that they can overcome their aches and pains, stiffness of their joints or muscles, and looking older.

What makes someone look older before their time?

Affectionate older couple

Apart from developing wrinkles and silver hair, you may develop bad posture, instability or coordination with standing or walking, inflexibility, decreased strength, endurance, and weight gain.

These physical disabilities may creep up on you as you grow older, making you feel awful and looking a lot older. It’s important to maintain, as much activity throughout your 50s upwards. It’s through practicing and remaining active that will allow you to increase your strength, endurance, and flexibility levels.

Age is no barrier to remaining active, whether through exercise, hiking, cycling, swimming, or running, for example. There are no pills, potions, or creams to keep old age a bay, the secret to remaining young is to remain as ‘Active’ as possible, for as long as possible.

We can’t stop the process of becoming older, but we can do something about the physical health problems that creep up as time goes by. Activity and exercise will help to improve your balance, posture, flexibility, strength, endurance, and help to reduce your overall fat levels.

What does it take to remain active, healthy, and sexy looking… ‘Commitment’!

Not everyone benefits equally from exercise, but exercise will help to boost your immune system and prevent disease, such as heart disease, cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes, and obesity.

Exercise will also help to relieve stress levels, in-turn helping to prevent depression, and improve mental health generally, improving and even boosting your self-esteem. Exercise will also help to maintain healthy bone density, which as you know increases with age, generally known as ‘Osteoporosis’.

Activity also keeps insomnia at bay, research suggests that exercise may help to improve sleep patterns for most people. Insomnia is a devastating condition to suffer from, it’s slowly robs you of your health, because insomnia courses fatigue, which can be very debilitating.

All these conditions can age you very quickly, exercising and running a active lifestyle, definitely helps to hold back the aging process. If you have spent most of your life looking after yourself, well done, then it’s just a question of keeping on doing with what ever you are doing, and never allow yourself the luxury of slowing down or ever giving up.

If on the other hand you are thinking of starting out for the first time, then caution must be your watch word.

Start off very slowly, and include some of the activity’s mentioned above, or some very easy stretching and strengthening exercises.

Older people keeping fit to stay young

Remember you have nothing to prove to anyone, not even yourself.

You don’t need much in the way of equipment either; you can use ‘Thera-bands’ to start with. Thera-bands are flexible latex bands used to create resistance in physical therapy and light strength training.

Whatever your age is right now, don’t be put off by your physical health. But don’t sit around thinking about starting tomorrow, instead decide to start your training program today, and don’t miss the chance to stay fit in your golden years.

It is very enlightening to know that with a lifetime of dedication to a good physical fitness program that your life will invariably be lengthened, and definitely more enjoyable.

So to answer the original question, ‘Can Exercise Challenge Growing Older’, the simple answer is… yes it can.

With a healthy mind and body you can enjoy more of life, you can pluck and smell many more of the roses.

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