As we age, the rate at which we require an active lifestyle for optimal health increases. Studies have shown that the older population requires at least 150 minutes of exercise per day. Most people actually count their daily activities such as cooking and shopping as part of their exercising time. Unfortunately, this should not be the case because the effort put into daily chores is not hard enough to increase our heart rate.
Regular exercise can help reverse some symptoms of ageing. It also helps us in re-energize, maintain an active and independence lifestyle, and also aid recovery to illness and pain. Regular exercise has proven to both add years to your life and life to your years.
Exercise can be good both physically and mentally. It helps in boosting fitness; improve self-confidence and remaining active throughout your lifetime.
Below are some physical and mental benefits in which exercise can rejuvenate your life in your older years;
Weight Loss: Regular exercising helps older adults in maintaining and losing weight. Due to the fact that as we age, our metabolism rate reduces gradually thus managing our weight becomes a challenge. Regular exercise builds muscle mass, burns more calories and increase metabolism. This allows our body to reach a healthy weight with little dieting effort, hence making you look and feel good about yourself.
Reduces Impact of Illness: By exercising regularly, people over 50 that are prone to chronic diseases have a major advantage. This is as a result of their improved heart function, immune system, blood function, bone density and digestive system. Exercising helps lower the risk of chronic diseases such as heart attack, obesity, Alzheimer, cancer and osteoporosis. In addition, exercising also helps in speedy recovery when hit with regular illnesses such as cold and flu due to your improved immune system.
Increases Independence: Exercise helps in improving a person’s mobility, balance and flexibility. This in turn enhances balance and coordination during motion activities. As we age, our bones and muscles tend to get weaker, hence increasing the risk of falls. Exercising helps in increasing our strength and stamina. This way, we are able to do activities that involve fast motion without restrictions from chronic symptoms conditions such as arthritis.
MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS
Improved Sleep: Insomnia is common among adults over the age of 60. Quality sleep is important for our overall health at any time in our life. Frequent exercising allows you to relax during bedtime, thus enabling deep and uninterrupted sleep at night. Also, you wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the day activities when you exercise regularly.
Boost Self-confidence and Mood: Exercising produces endorphins which help in positive emotions such as happiness. It is known as a way to relieve stress in the human body. By exercising regularly, the feeling of sadness, anxiety and depression are greatly reduced. When you are happy, your mood is enlightened and self-confidence is increased.
Improves Brain Activeness: Playing games that involve strategic planning and thinking keeps the brain active. Such games exercise the brain functions in order to prevent cognitive decline, memory loss and dementia while aging. Studies have also shown that exercise help slow down progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Examples of such games include puzzles, pool, golf etc.
Exercising without doubt plays an important role in overall health both in our young and older lives. It affects all parts of our body with the aim of keeping us fit and healthy to perform our daily activities. By exercising regularly during our later years, we give more life our years. It is important that we consult our doctor on the best form of exercise to actively participate in to ensure we grasp the full benefits.