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What Are The Benefits Of Physical Exercise?

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Bones – This is such an amazing benefit for older adults. Resistance training and weight bearing exercises actually help to build stronger bones by increasing the bone density. What does that mean in layman’s terms? It means that the bones become thicker to adapt to moving against an opposing force. When they become thicker they become stronger and are more resistant to breaking. Non-weight bearing exercise such as swimming or riding a bicycle provides excellent cardiovascular benefits, but are less effective at preventing bone loss.

To maximize the benefits of exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis it should be a combination of resistance training and aerobic work. The resistance training can come in the form of weight training, working with machines or exercise bands. The aerobic can be as simple as walking briskly.

Heart and Circulatory System – Vigorous exercise strengthens the heart as a pump, making it a larger, more efficient muscle. If the heart is stronger it will have an easier time pumping blood through your body. Why is this important? The circulatory system which moves blood through your body replenishes the energy source to your cells and carries away the waste. So, more energy, less waste, a more efficient machine which should equate into feeling better! I always feel better and have more energy when I am able to exercise on a regular basis. The American Heart Association recommends at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week.

Muscles – Strength training helps offset the loss in muscle mass and strength typically associated with normal aging. If you do not use your muscles they will atrophy (actually get smaller) and therefore become weaker. Keeping your muscles strong will help you to maintain structural stability which can help you to prevent falling. Falling is a common cause of injuries in the older adult population.

Bodyfat – Have you’ve gained weight over the years? Well, now you can reverse the trend. First let me explain how it works. Your body will naturally burn calories every day. If you eat the same amount of calories that your body is naturally burning you will not gain weight. If you eat more calories than you body is burning you will gain weight and vice versa. However, reducing your calories (if not not eating enough already) can actually have a negative effect. By exercising you can increase the number of calories that you’re burning everyday and start to lose fat. Furthermore as you start to add muscle your body will naturally burn more calories – even when you are resting!

Psychological Benefits

So, you thought that the effects of exercise are only physical. Well, let me tell you some great news, exercise has been shown to have some very powerful psychological benefits as well.

A Duke university study in 1999 by Dr. Blumenthal showed that exercise was just as effective at treating depression as medication.

The researchers studied 156 elderly patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) and assigned them to three groups: medication, exercise, or a combination of medication and exercise. Surprising to the researchers, all three groups showed statistically significant and similar improvement in measurements of depression after only 16 weeks.

  • Candace
    1 sene önce

    I’m practicing regularly. I would recommend it to everyone