International Senior Health And Fitness Day 2019

As we celebrate this exciting day on the 29th May, let’s take a look at why exercise is so important as we get older…

The expression, “if you don’t use it, you lose it” most certainly rings true when it comes to health and fitness. As we age, our muscle mass decreases, which in turn causes a loss in bone density too. The more lean muscle you have, the stronger you will be, your risk of falls will be less and the risk of breaking a bone will decrease as your bones are stronger and your balance will be better.

That is just the start of the many reasons why we should all continue with strength and age appropriate exercises throughout our lives. Don’t ever stop being active, and if you are living a sedentary life, start getting active now. As the Chinese proverb goes “The best time to plant a tree is thirty years ago. The second best time is now”.

Exercise helps with disease prevention such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as improving your immune system. So make sure you get your heart rate up with some aerobic/cardio-vascular activity at least 3-4 times a week.

Improved cognitive function is another important benefit of regular exercise. Improved motor skills benefits cognitive function which lowers the risk of dementia.

Exercise of all kinds is a great stress reliever, as it releases endorphins, our “happy” chemicals in the brain, which enhances our mood and improves sleep patterns. The social interaction that comes with exercising with others is also a great way to increase our general feeling of well being. So grab a friend, go for a walk or a swim, join a gym, or start a group exercise class. Make sure you get the blood pumping and heart rate up, and don’t forget to use a bit of resistance by means of weights or bodyweight exercise. Include exercises that challenge your flexibility, balance and co –ordination too; and most importantly, find something you enjoy and have fun whilst doing it!

Always remember to check with your healthcare practioner before embarking on anything new, and make use of a trained fitness professional to help you with the best and most suitable types of exercise that will complement your lifestyle.

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