OVER 50s? IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START PHYSICAL EXERCISE.
In fact, keeping fit and active is more important now than when you were in your twenties. You might be comfortable in the body you live in but have you considered the many other health benefits that come with physical activity? By exercising regularly you improve performance in all natural physiological processes and increase physical strength keeping you younger and more physically able as you get older. Don’t get trapped in the mindset that exercise is only beneficial to your shape and size; according to scientists ‘exercise keeps the brain sharp’ and ‘resistance training keeps the memory strong’. In this blog post we cover all the benefits of physical exercise for the over fifties and explain how you can improve your lifestyle and live healthier for longer. It doesn’t need to be difficult, just a few sessions a week can change your life entirely. Get advice from fitness experts and tailor a fitness program that fits in perfectly with your current lifestyle and habits.
How old are you really?
While your chronological age might be 55, your biological age could be that of a 35 year old – if you exercise regularly and maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle. An inactive lifestyle is one of the primary routes to aging faster and developing illnesses that slow you down.
According to the British Journal of Sports Medicine where 39 studies were analysed by scientists from the University of Canberra and concluded in this study that ’whatever people’s level of brain health, exercise always helps to boost thinking, concentration and memory skills’
BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOR OVER 50s:
Improve Cognitive Ability
Reduce Menopause Symptoms for Women (joint pain, hot flushes, insomnia)
Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
Reduce Risk of Diabetes
Reduce Risk of Osteoperosis
Improve Weight Control / Lose Belly Fat
Improve Autoimmune System
3 TYPES OF EXERCISE TO CONSIDER FOR FAST RESULTS:
It is highly advised you tailor a fitness program with a balanced blend of all the following exercises.
Aerobics type exercise said to improve cardio function includes walking, swimming, jogging, dance routines, aqua aerobics among various others. This form of exercise is known as Cardiovascular Exercise as it brings excellent benefits to your weight and heart. It’s a great way to lose fat and master your breathing, and you will be pleasantly surprised to see how fast results are generated. Reduce risk of coronary artery diseases (CAD) such as the most common ‘heart attack’. Nothing beats maintaing a healthy heart in your older age!
Resistance training also known as strength training is highly valuable for all ages as it guarantees to make your life easier in so many ways. Where to start? Through including some basic weight training exercises into your fitness routine you will improve your posture, tone and strengthen weaker areas of your body such as your back or legs. Through weight training you will also maintain bone strength, tone up, improve injury and reduce risk of injury in the future. Strength training also goes as far as to improve your sense of focus, concentration and memory!
Nobody wants to have the problem of achy joints and and stiffness as they grow into their old age. Stretching exercises are crucial to a healthy lifestyle as they maintain/improve your flexibility to reduce risk of injury and muscle soreness. Don’t put yourself at risk of losing your balance and core control when a few simple stretching exercises incorporated into your weekly routine can give you all you need to stop it.
Consult your Doctor First!
Before you get started on your ‘get fit mission’ make sure to carry out a couple of checks with your doctor. If you are at risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or various other types of health problems speak to a doctor and make sure you do not put yourself at risk of causing more damage or triggering any unwanted symptoms.
STILL NOT MOTIVATED? CAN’T BE BOTHERED?
Don’t Let that Stop You.
Try a different mind set to help you get what you want. Exercises are all controlled movements of the body which help to strengthen our abilities in all walks of life. If you really can’t see yourself going down a gym or hiring a personal trainer, don’t give up on the idea of exercise all together. There are plenty of other options to keep you fit and healthy!
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