The benefits of staying young

There are numerous benefits to doing exercise when you’re elderly; it’s good for the heart, encourages and increases a good mood, helps with better socialisation and decreases the risk of developing age-related diseases.

Exercising is good for the heart

Exercise is beneficial for the cardiovascular system because it ensures a greater dilation of the vessels of the heart and as a result, the heart needs less effort to make blood circulate. The effort that the heart has to make at every beat is lower thanks to a better use of oxygen by muscles. In addition, regular exercise reduces heart rate at rest and during exercise and it appears to increase less with the same effort. Your circulation is improved and blood pressure reduced.

Exercise increases good cholesterol levels

Exercising helps prevent cardiovascular disease include increasing HDL cholesterol (so-called good cholesterol), insulin sensitivity, reduction of complications of diseases such as arthritis, diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, reduction of body fat and the risk of developing cancers, especially colon and breast cancer. Physically active elderly people have also been shown to be able to slow down respiratory decline.

Less fragility

Aerobic and strength exercises help to strengthen bones and muscles, counteracting muscle and bone mass loss. In this way, you are less fragile and able to be more independent day-to-day activities with a lower risk of falls and possible injuries and fractures. Exercise also slows down the degeneration of neurons, the cells of the nervous system responsible for many features, such as the ability to react to external stimuli.

Improved socialisation

Exercising at any age has the advantage of improving the quality of your life by being more social, which is useful to help with loneliness. Having fun doing activities in a group helps improve mood, especially during the winter months.

 

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