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10 Reasons Why Exercise is Important As We Age

exercise and aging Sep 26, 2016

10 Reasons Why Exercise is Important As We Age

Taking care of our bodies through exercise is important at any age, but as we get older, being active becomes all the more critical.

Aside from trimming down or adding muscle, working out has some serious health benefits for the parts of the body we can’t see. If you need more convincing to get moving, here are 10 reasons why hitting the gym, taking a yoga class or simply going for a walk is beneficial for anyone, especially as we age.

1. Regular exercise can prevent or delay illness or disability.

But if you’ve already been diagnosed with a disease or disability, regular exercise can often improve health conditions/complications.

2. Not exercising could kill you.

A study showed that 10 percent of premature deaths were caused by inactivity.

3. Exercise makes your heart muscle stronger and lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar.  

If you’re dealing with high blood pressure (as many older adults are) or diabetes, getting a move on can help with your symptoms. Exercise makes your heart muscle stronger and lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Win, win, win!

4. Try low impact exercise.

You don’t need to run a marathon or take up kickboxing to reap health rewards. Low impact exercises, such as Pilates, are perfect for seniors, as they lead to increased strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and sense of well-being. Plus, most moves can be modified depending on your needs and/or physical limitations. Check out our Aging workshop here!

5. Prevent memory issues.

Physical activity can help reduce one’s risk for Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. Even if you haven’t worked out in a while, a few trots around the block can help improve your memory, get the creative juices flowing and even hone your skills in the kitchen!

6. Reduce depression risks.

While we can suffer from depression at any age, feelings of unhappiness that develop later in life can be assuaged with aerobic exercise. Pilates can help boost our mental health as it takes a holistic approach.

7. Sleep.

You’ll sleep better tonight. Exercising helps you fall asleep faster and stay asleep, improving your overall health.

8. Improve digestive health.

Get moving to…get things moving. A quick bike ride or tai chi class can improve gastrointestinal function and alleviate bowel problems and other stomach issues.

9. Stand tall.

Avoid the shrinking effect of aging! Improve your posture by strengthening your core muscles with Pilates, which is a safe, low-impact workout.

10. Arthritis

If you’re dealing with joint pain or arthritis, exercise is essential. Moderate movements will ease these symptoms and improve your quality of life.

Pilates is an excellent practice for ALL ages and abilities. Why not you? Book a class today, and start your journey with us. 

Marilyn Mardini, BS, PMA®-CPT

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