Benefits of exercise for the over 60s

Strenght

Work out with weights

How will exercise benefit you?

What are the benefits of exercise for the over 60s?  One term I’ve come across is sarcopenia which is essentially muscle loss through aging.  This effect starts to happen in our 30s.  Broadly speaking we can lose 3-5% of our muscle mass every ten years; If we are and if we remain physically inactive.  Aging does produce natural muscle loss but we can fight it, and lessen its effect on us, by incorporating weight training or the use of resistance bands into our fitness routines. That is definitely beneficial.

The effects of muscle loss

What happens when we lose muscle?  We lose our strength and the ability to move easily and freely.  Muscle loss also reduces our stamina, which is a sort of vicious circle, because if we don’t have stamina we are less likely to get up and do anything.  I’ve included a link here to an article on muscle mass and function which shows clearly the importance of maintaining your muscle and incorporating strength training exercises into your routine.

The effect of exercise on energy levels

What can you look forward to after your regular home works have started to have a positive overall effect on your health?  One of these is particularly true of cardiovascular exercise combined with the increase of testosterone from lifting weights.  Some of the many benefits are:

  • You will feel more energised
  • Look fitter and trimmer
  • You will be stronger
  • You will have more stamina
  • More stamina and strength means higher energy levels
  • You will have increased levels of endorphins and adrenaline after working out
  • You will have better circulation of blood flow around the body

That last one is a big plus, better circulation has a positive effect on another part of adult life.  I have to be careful what I write here. I do not want Google or more importantly my wife too think I’m writing a for a sex site.  Here is an article on a male issue, of which exercise is a big part of the solution.

Exercise and Health

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The mental health benefits of exercise

Exercise and increased levels of endorphins help to fight depression and improve your self-esteem.  People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them:

  • A sense of well-being.
  • They feel more energetic throughout the day
  • They sleep better at night
  • Have sharper memories
  • More positive outlooks
  • They feel more relaxed

So exercise is a very powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges.

The flip side of all this is rest, we now know for sure that regular mixed exercise is good for us.

But equally true is… So is rest.  Our bodies repair themselves as we sleep.  So it is a golden rule to get enough rest and sleep.

This is not a long article but it is jam packed with information and high quality links to follow for more information for parts you may wish to research further.

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