It is unlikely that anyone of us is not aware of the fact that proper exercise is one of the most important things we each can do for a healthy body and a healthy mind. It has been well proven that it will benefit how we feel physically, mentally and emotionally as well as how we look, feel and how well we function. Proper exercise also contributes to the quality of our life.
When a person reaches 40 or above the nature of the human body makes exercise even more important. The physiological changes mean that we start to lose muscle. Additionally, bone density reduces, leaving us with weaker bones. After 40, our metabolism also slows down, resulting in weight gain as we start to store fat more easily.
Although we know the benefits of exercise, over 78% of men and women over 40 exercise inadequately or not at all. Plus, sedentary people lose about 15% of their muscle mass each decade after 50 and 30% each decade after 70.
Doctors state that most people over the age of 50 show signs of being pre-maturely old including stiffness, frailty, heart disease, diabetes, and many other ailments. However, even the frailest and elderly patients have seen dramatic improvements in health and well-being once they began to exercise.
Studies have shown that, while age-related muscle deterioration is always present, that men and women well into their 80s have the same ability as an 18 year old to build muscle and reduce fat.
The many physical benefits can include weight loss, improved strength and fitness, a decreased risk of disease and an increased quality of life. Vigorous activity is the body’s key method of staying healthy and is crucial to mental health and fitness as well. It is not only the outside of your body you need to keep well and healthy; the inside is just as important.
If you are over 40, you are reaching a point in your life where you must take charge of your health or you may lose it. Exercise is an investment in your future. It is the key to keeping your independence later in life, preventing disability, and living longer.