What are the effects of exercise on the aging body?

Studies are showing that a sedentary lifestyle benefits no one and can lead to all kinds of health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even abnormal sugar levels.

Some of these studies even show that sitting down for long periods during and after eating can have adverse effects.

While everyone knows the importance of exercise for a healthy life, not many people know that taking part in physical exercise early enough in life means keeping aging and its associated ailments at bay for even longer.

The earlier you start taking control of your physicality and finding a physical activity that you enjoy, you provide yourself with many benefits.

Muscles and Joints

The more you use your muscles and joints appropriately when you are younger, the better those muscles and joints will serve you later in life.

Of course, overdoing it by doing too much high impact aerobics will have adverse effects on those body parts; however, low impact aerobics, walking, and light exercise keep the joints and muscles moving and flowing so that later in life they are not as stiff.

Just like a vehicle that is not used or an old bicycle, your joints and muscles need exercising.

Physicality and the Aging Mind

Studies are showing that adults in the middle of their lives who exercise are less likely to suffer from the damaging effects of diseases such as Alzheimer’s later on in life.

Being physically fit and keeping your circulation flowing is a benefit to having a healthy, active and alert mind as you age.

Being physical keeps the body working and the mind sound. As an anti-aging solution, being physical works on many levels.

Physicality and Socialization

Being physical also offers the tremendous benefit to be more social.

More often than not when you are being physical, you are surrounded by other like-minded individuals. This gives you the opportunity to meet new people.

Whether you join a gym, exercise class or even simply take a walk on sunny days, you are more than likely to meet someone new.

Being social and not isolating yourself is one of the greatest benefits of being proactive toward anti-aging.

 

If you keep your body and mind happy and add being social into the mix, you have a win/win situation for yourself and your loved ones by using exercising as a benefit to anti-aging.

 

And always remember, exercise doesn’t have to be boring. Find something you enjoy and if you’re enjoying yourself it won’t feel like a chore. But remember, you won’t see results overnight, from any kind of exercise. Keep going and you’ll gradually see a change.

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