As we all know, exercise is essential to both a healthy lifestyle & Healthy mind set. We are always told that a 20 minute walk a day does wonders for both our physical and mental health. With that said, some people believe that as they age they should not exercise because their body becomes more and more fragile. It’s true, as we age; our bodies begin to get weaker. However, that does not mean we should stop exercising. According to Ashley Oliver a senior physiotherapist at Bupa Health Clinics -“Getting enough exercise has a whole host of benefits for your physical and mental health. Studies show that people over 65 who regularly exercise are healthier and less likely to develop serious long-term health conditions than those who don’t. Doing regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing: High blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, Type 2 diabetes, Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and back pain and some types of cancer, such as breast cancer and bowel cancer”
As you know, physical exercise can be beneficial for a number of reasons in people of all ages. However, you may ask, how much exercise should I do if I am over 65? According to Kim Joyce of www.livestrong.com “A large health study reported in 2011 suggests that all adults — including seniors — can benefit from as little as 15 minutes per day of moderately heart-pumping exercise. About 30 minutes is the official recommendation, in addition to at least two sessions per week of muscle-strengthening activity or exercise. Try to fit four types of exercise into any senior exercise regimen.”
In the below I will outline some of the physical health benefits for exercise along with some of the mental health benefits of physical exercise.
Physical Health Benefits
Mental Health Benefits
Having discussed the benefits of exercise on both your physical and mental health, I now think it’s time to give you some example exercises so you can start your journey today.
Examples of Simple Exercises
Exercise is essential to a healthy life. Our bodies are made to move and need to, to work efficiently. Not only that, our general health improves when we exercise and our body combats illnesses and diseases when doing so. Furthermore, our mental health improves when we exercise because we feel like we have achieved something. Overall, there is no reason as to why we should not exercise and if you are looking for a way to improve your lifestyle and general health, exercise is the key.
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Kym Joyce, Livestrong.com
Ashley Oliver, Bupa Health Clinics