Exercise Helps You Look and Feel Young

They say that strength, flexibility, and fitness inevitably fade away as you age. Many people equate aging with weakness, loss of beauty, and chronic and debilitating illnesses. According to a latest report, however, good health, attractiveness, and happiness in old age are more often than not a matter of your lifestyle choices.

Usually, we blame the discomforts and distress of aging, such as stiff joints or lower back pain, on aging alone. But according to the report in the Mayo Clinic Health Letter, a sound exercise program that includes strength training, aerobic activity, stretching, balance exercises, and core stability training can help you reverse the undesirable effects of aging,

Start exercising

So if you want to feel younger again, you have got to get moving. Many studies have provided evidence to support the health benefits of regular exercise in aging. Exercising regularly can boost your immune system, cut your risks of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, and alleviate fatigue. Regular exercise can also lower your risk of disability as you age.

It’s not too late

Start exercising now. It is not too late. A study of 2,205 Swedish men revealed that exercise as a factor made no significant difference in untimely death rates for at least 10 years for people who waited until old age to start exercising.

According to researcher Liisa Byberg from the Uppsala University in Sweden "It has been shown that young people benefit from exercise but this is the first time we have been able to show that old people can also benefit from increasing their physical activity."

So you can start physical activity even if you have never been active. Sedentary people, however, need to consult with their doctors first before doing regular exercise. This applies especially to those who have chronic medical conditions.

Fit in 5 types of activity

You should try to fit in these types of activity to maximize benefits: strength training, aerobic activity, stretching, core stability training, and balance exercises. Strengthening exercises like doing push-ups or lifting hand weights are important in maintaining muscle strength and mass. Aerobic exercise such as riding a bike or walking can improve your heart rate.

You will also need stretching exercises to improve your flexibility, core stability exercises to improve the muscles of the trunk, and balance training to boost your coordination and lower your risk of injury.