Exercise can slow the physical decline of ageing by 50%! What’s more, lifestyle is the main contributory factor in premature deaths.
I hope that got your attention!
Many of the things we think of as being inevitable effects of ageing, like joint stiffness, gaining weight more easily, and losing strength, are not inevitable at all. They are, instead, linked to slowing down and having a more sedentary lifestyle.
Your body works on a ‘use it or lose it’ basis. If you slow down, move less and sit more often, your body will start to lose stamina, strength and flexibility. So keeping healthy and active is vital.
Here are just a few of the benefits of exercise for older adults:
- Stronger, healthier heart and lungs
- Improvement to both high and low blood pressure
- Decreased risk of diseases like coronary heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Increased stamina
- Increased strength
- Improved motor skills (for balance and movement)
- Better flexibility in joints
- Weight control
- Improved feelings of wellbeing and self-esteem
- More energy
- Reduction in pain
- Reduction in stress, anxiety and depression
- Maintaining independence
- Enhanced quality and quantity of sleep
- Increased bone density (reducing the risk of osteoporosis and fractures)
- Reduced risk of falls
- Improved pelvic floor muscles
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