The older we get, the harder it can be to stay fit and healthy. That being said, maintaining a good level of fitness is integral to achieving a healthy body and healthy mind. The importance of exercise increases tenfold as we age as our bodies begin to change; not to mention that once we reach a certain age, we store fat more easily, bone density reduces and we start to lose muscle.
Regular exercise can help counterbalance these changes as well as bring many other benefits to your life:
Exercise Can Lower The Risk Of Diseases
As you get older, you are more prone to diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Thankfully there are natural ways to prevent these sorts of problems. One of them is through exercise. Exercising can lower your blood pressure, which reduces the strain on the heart. It can also reduce levels of bad cholesterol that form fatty deposits in the arteries, which contribute to heart disease.
Strengthens You Physically
Regardless of whether you’re doing strength training by lifting weights or following a more cardio based regime, exercise strengthens your body. Exercise improves your immune system and improves your body’s ability to resist infections. It also improves the strength of your bones and important muscles that you breath with, including your heart muscles which leads to improved circulation.
Exercise Improves Mental Health
Keeping yourself busy is vital to staying healthy mentally. Exercising regularly can give a person a sense of purpose and can make you feel great about yourself. Once you start to see results, you will feel a large sense of reward. The actual science behind this is that dopamine is released when you work out. Healthy amounts of dopamine massively counter towards anxiety and depression and lead to a happier life.
Many people aged over 40 have admitted that they live a stressful life and some have admitted to experiencing anxiety. Working out is a great way of relieving stress and a positive way to take out frustrations.
Regularly working out improves motivation and self drive to do things with your day. It can also increase your sex drive and can improve your love life, not to mention that the increased blood flow can make sex more enjoyable for both men and women.
Working out improves the rate that your brain gets oxygen. Studies have also shown that workouts are linked to improved memory. As you get older your memory declines, working out is a great counter active method to memory decline.