Most people think that as you age your body starts to wind down and exercise becomes unnecessary.
Some feel that their bodies are no longer capable of performing some of the exercises that they used to be able to do, and others just don’t feel up to the task.
The thought that you should be taking it easier as you age is not something you should comprehend.
Believe it or not, there are MASSIVE health benefits of exercise as you get older. The most obvious one being a longer life.
Health experts say that regular exercise has many benefits for the elderly, however amazingly only 1 in 4 people in between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly.
Below I have touched upon the main benefits, and if you implement regular exercise into your lifestyle, you will reap the rewards
1. Longer life
Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of 10 leading causes of death and disability. Even gentle, regular exercise such as walking or swimming can increase lifespan by around three to five years.
2. Prevent nasty falls
Improving muscle strength and bone density can be helpful in reducing the risk of falls as it can also improve balance. By improving bone density, you reduce your chance of an injury such as a hip fracture.
3. Reduces the risk of a heart attack or Stroke
Regular cardiovascular exercise, (anything that elevates your heart rate), will increase blood flow to the heart and improve your overall health.
4. Your bones will be stronger
Weight-bearing exercise such as walking or jogging can help increase the strength of bones and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and fractures.
5. Dementia risk is lowered
Not exercising in later years can lead to dementia. It is believed that an active lifestyle can significantly lower the risk of developing dementia.
6. More confidence
Being active helps to increase your independence as you will be able to perform more activities, and being in a social environment such as a gym can help improve confidence.
So there you have it. As you get older exercise remains as important as it does when you are in your youth. Take advantage of this fantastic voucher to kick start your fitness.