If you want to defy aging--exercise is one of the best ways. The natural aging process, which begins as early as age 30 can be slowed, and slowed significantly, with regular exercise.
Age related muscle loss, known as Sarcopenia is one of the main contributors to musculoskeletal impairments as we age.
We lose approximately 5% of muscle mass each decade after age 30. The good news is, it's never too late to begin training your muscles and improving muscle strength and mass..never.
"The ability to get on and off the ground, in my opinion, should be viewed as a skill. A skill we can take for granted and one we should never want to lose. By exercising, specifically those exercises requiring spending time on the ground, we can regularly train this skill. Whether you're kneeling to maintain the garden, or lunging to reach an awkward power socket. Regular exercise can help to restore and maintain these movements."
6 months ago, I was on the floor holding my then 25 lb. granddaughter. As I tried to stand up, I realized getting both of us off the ground to a standing position with no support (only leg muscles) was no easy task at 64. It was an eye opener as to the importance of muscular strength.
Regular resistance training type exercise has the ability to significantly reverse reductions in muscle mass as we age. Any age is a good age to begin.
Resistance training is a form of physical activity that is designed to improve muscular fitness by exercising a muscle or a muscle group against external resistance.
Different types of resistance training include:
I purchased a standing desk and love it. It's made a big difference in how much time I spend sitting. Here's the one I have.
Exercising for the mental benefits is just as important as the physical. The mental benefits of exercise have been long-studied. We know it can help with the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression. Exercise can and does benefit all of these conditions, both in the short and long term.
We’re told to do crosswords and puzzles to help stave off age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's. Exercise offers a cognitive challenge in the form of remembering what an exercise is and how exactly to perform it.
In much the same way as remembering a dance move/pattern such as Salsa (another great way to defy aging), remembering exercise patterns challenges our brain.
What's your favorite type of exercise? Mine is dance. I also enjoy watching exercise videos on YouTube. I've been watching and exercising along with Tonya of Senior Fitness by Tonja Barnes. and the team at TheBodyProject.com I highly recommend these videos for those of us over 50 who want to slow the aging process and are looking for low impact routines.
Do you exercise regularly? What is your favorite form of exercise?
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