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The Older You Are, The More Important Exercise Becomes

You may not realize it, but as you get older, you actually need to exercise more to avoid the natural loss of muscle tissue. If you haven’t worked out before, getting results when you start may be tougher, especially when it comes to building muscle tissue. After the age of around thirty plus, muscles get you start losing mass. That process of loss is faster if you’re inactive. Everything slows, including metabolism, unless you choose to take charge. You can do that with a program of regular exercise.

Including strength training can help keep you independent in a number of ways.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, strength training as you age is important. It keeps the muscles strong. Strong muscles are necessary for strong bones. As they tug on the bones, the body sends more calcium to the area to maintain bone strength. Without weight bearing exercise, osteoporosis can occur. In addition to bone health, strength training also helps improve balance and prevent falls.

Working out can keep you younger on a cellular level.

There are a huge number of studies that show that exercise can help slow the process of aging, but also quite a large number that show it can actually reverse the aging process. One study followed a group of people that did both strength training and HIIT. They found that working out boosted the mitochondrial activity in their cells. The mitochondrial activity helped the cells stay younger and more vital. Guess who received the biggest boost in the activity. It was in the group aged 65 to 80. It boosted mitochondrial activity by 69 percent. Other studies showed that people worked out not only showed no decrease in muscle mass, but an increase in it and had an immune system that showed no signs of aging.

Pain, pain go away, don’t come back another day.

It won’t when you exercise. People historically talk about aching joints and other aches and pains from arthritis to back pain. When you workout, particularly do weight training, it reduces arthritis pain and builds the muscles, tendons and ligaments to help reduce the pain in the future. It’s important to work closely with the training and let him or her know your problem before you start. Working out also improves range of motion and help with blood sugar control. It can reduce insulin resistance and help those with diabetes.

  • Many studies have showed that improved functioning and amount of stem cells can turn back the clock. Physicians now using stem cell therapy for joints recommend exercising to boost the amount of stem cells available.
  • One study shows that getting some type of exercise for five minutes every fifty minutes if you’re normally sedentary can keep you even healthier—even if you workout regularly.
  • Choose to move more often and move faster. Studies show that older people who walk faster with longer strides actually live longer.
  • Regular exercise can help improve strength and balance to prevent falling. Falls account for many injuries amongst older men and women and the loss of independence.

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