Too old to exercise?

Do you think that there is an age limit to start doing exercise or perhaps getting into a healthy food habit or increasing your fitness level?

KTThe answer is no of course! It is never too late for feeling good and looking younger or better than ever!!

“Older people who take up weight training can prevent some of the loss of muscle tissue that normally accompanies aging—and even regain some functional strength—and by doing so become less frail. They may be able to avoid some types of physical disability. Weight-bearing exercise also helps to prevent osteoporosis. The benefits of weight training for older people have been confirmed by studies of people who began engaging in it even in their 80s and 90s.” — Source: Exercise at older age – Wikipedia

“One 12-month study conducted on postmenopausal women at Tufts University demonstrated 1% gains in hip and spine bone density, 75% increases in strength and 13% increases in dynamic balance with just two days per week of progressive strength training. The control group had losses in bone, strength, and balance. Strength training programs can also have a profound effect on reducing risk for falls, which translates to fewer fractures.”Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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What are the benefits one can expect from resistance and cardiovascular exercise, particularly as this applies to the older population?

 

  • Reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and improving overall performance. Check also “why monitor your heart rate
  • In combination with adjusting eating habits with smarter food selection, it can reduce the risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes.
  • Reducing the risk of high blood pressure and its accompanying health threats
  • Building and recovering lost muscle mass and strength
  • Reducing body fat and improving overall lean body mass throughout exercise (more muscles, less fat)
  • Increasing metabolism to assist in maintaining a healthy balance
  • Decreasing lower back pain by strengthening musculature
  • Relieving the pain of arthritis by promoting greater flexibility
  • Studies in the USA have shown that weight lifting exercises improve bone density and therefore help prevent osteoporosis
  • Reducing the risk of colon cancer by promoting rapid transit of body waste through the gastrointestinal system.
  • Boosting self confidence, improving appearance and lessening depression.

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