Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Becoming Fit For Life: Keep On Exercising

Training & Fitness

Older People Exercising: There are many benefits to exercising, including rebuilding lost muscle mass, for people over the age of 50 (my cohort). People well into their 80s are encouraged to do some form of exercise. Kate Devlin of  The Telegraph writes: “People lose muscle as they age, which can make daily chores more difficult.But working out by using small weights or elastic bands can help to rebuild these muscles, a review of the available evidence shows, while the risks of developing an injury are low for older people.”
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Source: The Telegraph

Many medical studies show that exercising has many long-term benefits, not only for physical fitness but also for mental fitness. Moreover, exercising on a regular basis can slow down the process of aging.

Supporting this view is one of the most famous studies, “The Dallas Bed Rest and Training Study, which dates to 1966 and which was repeated 30 years and 40 years later, with similar results.  In a article in Harvard’s Men’s Health Watch (“Exercise and aging: Can you walk away from Father Time?” June 2009), it says:
No man can stop the clock, but every man can slow its tick. Research shows that many of the changes attributed to aging are actually caused in large part by disuse. It's new information, but it confirms the wisdom of Dr. William Buchan, the 18th-century Scottish physician who wrote, "Of all the causes which conspire to render the life of a man short and miserable, none have greater influence than the want of proper exercise." And about the same time, the British poet John Gay agreed: "Exercise thy lasting youth defends."
Exercise is not the fountain of youth, but it is a good long drink of vitality, especially as part of a comprehensive program. And a unique study from Texas shows just how important exercise can be.
So true. This shows that inactivity can lead to aging, or more important, that physical activity can slow down the aging process. If good health and long life are your goals, I would recommend that you read this article. And then go out and exercise. Regularly.

For more, go to [Harvard Health Publications]