Young or old, eating well and exercising will make you feel healthier and better. It is what our bodies have been designed to do. But it's no mystery that as we age, our bodies change both internally and in appearance. For example, our skin becomes less elastic; skeletal mass reduces; and metabolism slows, making it more difficult to lose weight. However, many signs of ageing are reversible. General physical activity (both aerobic and strength training), not just structured exercise, can help to promote major health benefits such as:
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Increased flexibility and muscle strength Decreased depression and anxiety
- Weight loss
- Lower blood pressure
- Dramatic reduction of the risk of heart disease Stronger immune system
- Prevention of bone loss
These days, many people over the age of 50 are healthier and fitter than in the past. Ever heard of Madonna? What about Ernestine Shepherd? By following good, healthy lifestyle habits, you'll increase your chances of living longer, as well as reap the benefits of increased energy due to physical fitness.
We can't stop Mother Nature, but a happy, healthy body is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself — whatever your age.