The importance of exercise as you get older.

By now, almost every one is aware that regular exercise is good for ones health. Be it working out in a gym, walking, or playing a sport, almost any activity which encourages one to move around and be active, is generally considered beneficial. This becomes even more important as a person ages. By default, the human body is at it’s peak when a person is within the range of 25-35 years old. After that, there is a gradual but steady decline in a person’s health in general. People tend to sleep less, lose speed and agility, and muscle and bone mass decreases. All of these, compounded with our general lifestyles and subpar nutrition, tend to bring along a host of chronic illnesses too.

Regular exercise can help one combat the ill effects that naturally aging brings along with it. Although it’s true that no amount of exercising or good food can stop one from aging, it can and will, help one do so gracefully. Exercises stress your body to a certain level. The natural response of the human body is to make itself stronger to deal with the same level of stress in future. So basically, you gradually train your body to become more and more strong, by taking on challenges of increasing difficulty. This allows for better functioning of ones internal organs, specially the heart, and increase in muscle mass and bone density. Exercise also reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. It stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.

Therefore, it’s highly advisable that people start at least one form of exercise early on in life, be it either working out in a gym, playing sports, running or swimming etc. This is will ensure that at an age when one’s health would natural start to decline, he or she is in a better position to handle that decline. A person who exercises regularly from an early age is comparatively healthier and less prone to illness than his or her counterparts who don’t. However, all is not lost if one starts exercising even when older. As mentioned above, the effect of exercise will still remain the same and your body will become stronger eventually, however, the effects may not be as marked as in a younger individual. In any case, it will still help one to live a healthier and happier life.

For people interested in learning what kind of exercises can be done by older adults, here is a useful link that you can look at. These are simple free hand exercises which can be done by almost any one.

http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Documents/NHS_ExercisesForOlderPeople.pdf

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