We all want to feel strong, healthy and energised as we go through life, right? And yet, as people get into their 50s, 60s and 70s, we start noticing more and more health issues cropping up. This makes sense, because the body and mind both experiences ageing, and so things start to slow down, we experience wear-and-tear, etc.
But does this mean that we just give up on looking after our health? Heck no!
Studies show that a regular exercise routine has the ability to slow down the ageing process, prevent age-related health conditions and keep us physically and mentally strong no matter how many birthdays we’ve had!
Here are four reasons to keep up a regular exercise routine as you age:
- Keeps immune system going strong – our immune systems naturally weaken with age because the thymus (which generates our immune cells) begins to shrink. Regular, moderate cardiovascular exercise can prevent the thymus from decreasing in size, so larger thymus = stronger immune system!
- Keeps us mentally sharp – The multi-tasking, coordination and creativity that is demanded by many forms of exercise (think yoga, circuit training, dance, rock climbing etc.) contributes to a healthy brain. It can help to prevent cognitive decline, memory loss and even dementia
- Help to maintain healthy weight – The bad news: our metabolisms naturally start to slow down as we get older, meaning we’re more prone to weight gain. The good news: we can speed them up again. Consistent exercise speeds up the metabolism and promotes healthy digestion, meaning we are more able to keep our weight at a healthy level
- Prevents osteoarthritis – Osteoarthritis is the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 55. Crazy, right? What’s even more crazy is how simple it is to prevent. A consistent and long-term exercise routine is the number one way to prevent osteoarthritis as you age.