Why should you exercise??? Let’s count the ways!
The importance of being physically fit wasn’t well known years ago as it is today. Most people, especially seniors, didn’t exercise regularly. In my younger years I owned several gyms and tried to make a decent living teaching physical fitness, but was forced to give up my dream and move on to another career to support my family.
Although I enjoyed golf and other activities after I retired, I felt I needed something more. So a few years ago I decided to obtain my ACE Personal Trainer and various Senior Fitness certifications so I could help seniors be healthier. At age 75, I am thrilled to be teaching Strength & Balance Classes here in the Groves as well as working with my personal and group training clients.
It’s never too late to get fit. The human body responds to exercise, no matter what its age, and there are many health benefits:
Exercise helps older adults maintain or lose weight. As metabolism naturally slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge. Exercise helps increase metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories. When your body reaches a healthy weight, your overall wellness will improve.
Exercise reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease. Among the many benefits of exercise for adults over 50 include improved immune function, better heart health and blood pressure, better bone density and better digestive functioning. People who exercise also have a lowered risk of several chronic conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis and certain cancers.
Exercise enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance in older adults. It also improves your strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn will help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls. Strength training also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Exercise improves your sleep. Poor sleep is not an inevitable consequence of aging and quality sleep is important for your overall health. Exercise often improves sleep, helping you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply.
Exercise boosts mood and self-confidence. It is a huge stress reliever and the endorphins produced can actually help reduce feelings of sadness, depression, or anxiety. Being active and feeling strong naturally helps you feel more self-confident and sure of yourself.
Exercise benefits brain functions as diverse as multitasking and creativity and can help prevent memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia. It may even help slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Committing to a routine of physical activity is one of the healthiest decisions you can make.
Get medical clearance from your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you have a pre-existing condition. Ask if there are any activities you should avoid.
Tom Marbell ACE Certified Personal Trainer
Strength & Balance Group Classes at The Groves
WEDNESDAYS - 9 AM & FRIDAYS - 10:30 AM
Phone: 352 409-2984