I often say as we get “younger” working out is so important! You really should work out your whole life and start at a young age!
Working out when we were younger always felt easier- we felt stronger, more invincible, more like the world was waiting until we finished our workout to start up again. Yet, as we grew up, exercise seemed to phase slowly out of our daily routine, until, eventually, it stopped happening altogether. However, working out after the age of 40 is not only important for your health, but it is also crucial to living a healthier, happier life.
Working out has been proven to combat some of the downsides of aging- improving memory, mood, sleep, and even symptoms of illness. Exercise is one of the many tools seniors have in maintaining their independence. Feeling a control of your body allows you to feel more confident in your daily activities.
Plus, the risk of developing a significant number of diseases related to aging is decreased through regular exercise. Alzheimer’s, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and dementia are a few of the diseases that can be held at bay by regularly working out. Contrary to popular belief, adults over the age of 50 should not simply spend their time resting; instead, working out can help the body perform at a higher standard, decreasing your chances of hospitalization and doctor visits.
A few of the benefits for exercise include:
– Maintaining a healthy weight. Metabolism slows down as we age, so seniors’ weight is more likely to fluctuate at this age than any other. Exercise can improve metabolism and muscle mass, keeping your body at a healthy equilibrium.
– Improves sleep quality. Despite the common misconception that sleep is bound to suffer as we age, exercise can actually combat this affliction. Regular exercise helps your body’s circadian rhythm (internal clock) stay sharp, making it easier for you to fall asleep and get a good night’s rest.
– Boosts self-confidence and mental agility. Working out allows your brain to release endorphins, leading to a positive attitude, decreased chance of depression and anxiety, and increased self-confidence. Additionally, exercise keeps your brain performing at an optimal level, improving functions such as memory, multi-tasking, and creativity.
It may sometimes feel difficult to exercise as a senior. It may have been a long time since you last worked out or you may not trust your body to handle it as well at this age. However, working out offers benefits that can continue to improve your quality of life for decades to come. Exercise diminishes your chances of developing age-related diseases and increases your chance at a healthier, happier lifestyle.