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Anti ageing benefits of exercise

As we age, we experience reduced muscle mass, and along with it, reduced strength and physical endurance. Balance, coordination, reduced bone strength, reduced joint flexibility and mobility, and reduced respiratory and cardiovascular functions are also experienced.

We also experience an increase in blood pressure, in body fat levels and an increased risk of various physical and mental illnesses.

The good news is that exercise has anti-aging benefits that can tackle all of the above.

Muscle loss

Muscle Wastage or Sarcopenia increases with age. This muscle loss only increases the less exercise we take. More than the aging process itself, nothing increases muscle wastage as quickly as inactivity. The less physical activity we undertake, the greater the muscle wastage. The greater the muscle wastage, the less we are able to physically do.

Respiratory Function
Respiratory Functions keep you alive. Your heart is a muscle, and like any muscle, will deteriorate if you don’t give it sufficient exercise. Regular exercise will keep your heart and lungs healthier and stronger.

Increased bone density
Exercise can reduce the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. The greater the bone loss, the greater our propensity for fractures. The less the bone loss, the greater our bone strength.

Body fat and diabetes
Body Fat Levels do not need to increase with age. Increased body fat only increases the likelihood of diabetes and cardiovascular problems. An increase in regular exercise will help to increase your calorie expenditure. The more physical activity you do the more calories you will burn. Accordingly, if you increase your physical activity, and do not increase your intake of food, you will draw the extra energy needed from your stored body fat.

Raised metabolic rate
Metabolism slows with age, but it slows even more with inactivity. Exercise burns calories, improves the metabolism and increases muscle mass. Muscle burns more energy than fat so the metabolism increases and reduces the propensity to gain weight or store fat.

In order to reap the anti-aging benefits of exercise, one doesn’t need to be a fanatic, or do it exhaustively and vigorously. For an older person who has not exercised much in his/her life, taking 30 minute walks or gardening can provide great health benefits and prolong the quality of life.

However, aerobic activity alone is not enough to get the full anti-aging benefits noted above. Aerobic exercise does not help to support our muscles or weight. Muscle Strength and Muscle Endurance training is crucial as it is this form of exercise that slows down the loss of muscle mass and strength. It increases balance, and improves posture. Our bodies need physical activity in order to stay in optimal shape and when the muscles are worked, the strength training anti aging benefits are revealed.


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