Be fit and strong always
There’s no question that exercise – at any age – is the backbone to good health. Past the age of 50, our bodies go through biological changes – from hormonal fluctuations and a reduced metabolic rate to an increased risk of high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes – that can affect well-being and […]
There’s no question that exercise – at any age – is the backbone to good health. Past the age of 50, our bodies go through biological changes – from hormonal fluctuations and a reduced metabolic rate to an increased risk of high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes – that can affect well-being and physical ability. But it’s not all doom and gloom. There are countless ways you can safeguard your health and fitness with a nutritious diet and active lifestyle. So, whether you want to embrace your fitness for the first time in years, or you’re already a health-conscious hero, here’s how to maintain your health and fitness as you get older…
EXERCISE IS THE BEST MEDICINE
There are loads of reasons – almost too many to mention – why you should be cranking up the workout hours and getting that heart rate up. Here are just a select few…
It prevents risk of mortality: A recent study found that women,over the age of 50, would benefit being prescribed moderate to intense exercise for both their physical and mental health, and to reduce risk of death.
It cuts stroke risk: Warding off the risk of a stroke might be as easy as taking part in moderate to intense exercise – think brisk walking or a game of tennis! We also suggest that exercise helps to offset some of the increased stroke risk in women taking post-menopausal hormone therapy.
It keeps you young: Put down those lotions and potions. The researchers pitted the results against each other and ‘normal’ benchmarks of ageing. Unsurprisingly, on almost ALL measures, the cyclists scored younger than their actual age on balance, reflexes, metabolic health and memory.
It keeps you balanced: Purposeful and repetitive physical activity as you get older reduces your fear of falling, by improving your strength, gait, balance and mood.
It makes you happy: Although this applies to pretty much all ages, specific studies highlight the importance of working out for emotional well-being as you get older. It’s a significant mood booster!