Many of us have a tendency to slow down as we get older, embracing a slower lifestyle and giving up tougher physical activities we used to do when we were younger.
While it is definitely important to take good care of ourselves, it is actually MORE, not less important for us to stay physically active as we advance in age.
Here are 10 reasons why physical activity will help you stay young:
1. It is never too late to improve your fitness. Even if you didn’t use to be active before, exercise can benefit anyone at any age and any level. Starting something now is better than never doing anything.
2. Studies show regular exercise and resistance training can prevent bone loss and increase bone density, a rising concern for seniors.
3. Exercise is an effective tool for managing arthritis pain and other symptoms such as stiffness.
4. Fitness levels go hand in hand with an improvement in mental clarity and helps keep your mind sharp as you age.
5. You gain significant improvements in agility and speed, no matter what age you are.
6. Exercise enhances sexual function by increasing libido and stabilizing testesterone levels that commonly decline with aging.
7. Your balance and steadiness will get better, which is key to helping you avoid injury from falling.
8. You will be healthier and have freedom from pain. Exercise has been shown to dramatically reduce your risk of over two dozen health conditions that commonly plague older people, ranging from heart disease and cancer to diabetes and dementia.
9. You will be happier. Exercise increases your endorphins, which makes you feel happy and can affect your general overall outlook on life as you get older.
10. Maintain your independence. At a time when many show a decline in ability to care for themselves, staying physically active can dramatically improve your independence and maintain it for much longer than those who are not active.
Slowing down on exercise as we age can only bring the loss of the good health and independence we took for granted in our youth. So make an effort to keep fit as a fiddle for as long as possible.
And if you have never been active, remember, it is never too late to start reaping the benefits that exercise will bring you.