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Aging and Exercise

I am curious about how much time others are committed to making time for exercise as you age. Do you find it less important, about the same, or more important?

 

As I get older, I have found it more of a necessity to spend more time being active and spending more time outside.

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As we age, our ability to balance also decreases, so it is extremely easy to fall. To avoid it, it's also important to incorporate balance training into your day

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Aging is a natural process that affects the body and mind in various ways. Regular exercise can play a crucial role in promoting healthy aging and mitigating some of the negative effects of aging. Here are some key points about aging and exercise:

  1. Physical Benefits: Exercise can help older adults maintain and improve their physical health. It can increase muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance, which are important for maintaining mobility and independence. Regular exercise also helps improve cardiovascular health, bone density, and joint flexibility, reducing the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

  2. Cognitive Benefits: Exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function and reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline. Regular physical activity can enhance memory, attention, and executive function. It promotes the growth of new neurons and increases blood flow to the brain, which supports brain health and reduces the risk of conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

  3. Mental and Emotional Well-being: Engaging in physical activity can have a positive impact on mental health and emotional well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting chemicals in the brain. It can help reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Regular exercise also promotes better sleep, which is important for overall mental well-being.

  4. Disease Prevention: Physical activity plays a vital role in preventing various chronic diseases associated with aging. Regular exercise can help manage and prevent conditions like heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and certain types of cancer. It can also improve immune function, reducing the risk of infections and boosting overall health.

  5. Balance and Fall Prevention: Aging often brings an increased risk of falls and related injuries. Exercise that focuses on balance, strength, and coordination can help improve stability and reduce the risk of falls. Activities such as tai chi, yoga, and strength training are particularly beneficial in this regard.

  6. Social Engagement: Participating in exercise activities can provide opportunities for social interaction and combat social isolation, which is a common issue among older adults. Joining group exercise classes, walking clubs, or sports teams can help foster social connections and provide a sense of community.

It's important to note that before starting any exercise program, especially for older adults, it's recommended to consult with a healthcare professional or a qualified exercise specialist to assess individual health conditions, fitness levels, and determine the most suitable exercise regimen.

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I think staying active is the key to it all.  What's the difference between pilates and yoga??

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That's a good question @GeraldAndersonEDOL! Both are low-impact workouts that use bodyweight resistance with a heavy focus on breathwork. What I have found to be the main difference between the two practices is the spirituality that is inherent in yoga. Yoga has been around for thousands of years, and it's rooted in spiritual philosophy. Pilates, on the other hand, was created during WWI and was primarily used to rehabilitate wounded soldiers.

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I have been seriously following AARP exercise programs for years, especially Bryant Johnson and Lorraine Ladish! They work for me (older and not quite fit) and are available daily FREE via AARP!

 

Hope others check it out; think you'll enjoy!


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Phil Harris, actor and showman, to John Fogerty of CCR: “If I’d known I’d live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”
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I'm with you Paula - in finding that exercise has become more important.

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I try to work out four times per week

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