Until recent times, a lot of people believed exercise was the domain of the younger generation. The common belief was that once you got old, you had to simply get used to it, as there was no possibility of increasing your muscular mass or any chance of strengthening your slowly failing muscles.
However, studies performed by a number of reputable universities and medical institutions busted that myth, as well as the one that neurons can not regenerate.
The new findings show that people over 50 can significantly improve their health by exercising. Regular exercise routines can influence our metabolism, as well as other processes that occurs in the aging body, making it delay the effects of aging.
Even better, regular exercise has the power of reversing the effects of aging, therefore people of all ages can benefit from it, provided they are willing to leave their comfort zone four to five times a week and do some workouts that are appropriate for their age and physical condition.
Regarding the type of exercise one should do for getting into better shape and for reversing the effects of aging, any type of exercise will do the job. Dancing is perfect, but so is a 30 minute brisk walk, a cardio routine, a Frisbee game or twenty laps of swimming. Just choose your favorite sports and start practicing them regularly. The results are going to show much sooner than you might have expected.
Exercises for older adults which build stronger muscles come with many added benefits.
The National Institutes of Health shows in a report that there are about 300,000 people who end up in hospital each year with hip or other sever bone fractures. A very high percentage of this group are older people who suffer a fall.
A strong muscular system gained by exercising would help prevent many of these people from taking a serious fall. This is just one good example of how exercise can help seniors improve their balance, strength and quality of life.
The best way to benefit from exercise at an older age is to start exercising in your 40’s or 50’s, or even earlier. I call it active aging – something you should be doing all your life.
Exercise and aging go hand in hand so what you do now will secure a better life for you in your 70’s and 80’s. That’s why it is time to seriously contemplate getting off your comfy couch or your office chair and move vigorously at least four times a week for at least thirty minutes at a time.
Saying you lack the time is only a lame excuse. If you really can not find 30 minutes in your day for exercising then you can always walk (at least part of the way) or ride a bike to work instead of taking the bus or your car. And when you get to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Exercises for older adults also has many other added bonuses. An active life will decrease the likelihood of developing many of the debilitating age-specific medical conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s or cardiovascular disease.
Moderate exercise also helps in fighting depression. When doing cardio exercise, our body secrets serotonin, which is the hormone of happiness. This is how exercise directly affects our mood and decreases the risk of developing depression or other neurological disorders.
If you are already in your 50s and exercise was never your cup of tea, you should start with moderate routines and gradually increase their difficulty as you become more flexible and you develop more muscular strength.
Before joining any new exercise program, it is strongly advised that you discuss with your doctor your intentions, especially if you suffer from any chronic medical conditions that may worsen under physical exercise that your body is not used to.