Exercise and the Fountain of Youth

Are you just getting older or are you also getting better with age?  While we can’t stop the clock, we can slow the tick and in some cases even turn the hands back on time. Research shows that many of the changes attributed to ageing are actually caused in large part by disuse.

Exercise is a vital element in ageing well. It makes most people feel better, perform physical tasks better and reduce the risk of disability, and it now appears that exercise – specifically, resistance training – actually rejuvenates bone and muscle tissue in healthy senior citizens.

Several studies have suggested that mitochondria, the “powerhouse” of the cell that’s involved in the loss of muscle mass and functional impairment commonly seen in older people – declines with age. Not only does exercise help keep your heart healthy and your muscles strong  while preventing the onset of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, osteoarthritis and dementia – but research indicates that it may actually reverse the biologic ageing that takes place in muscle cells.

Exercise guidelines for older adults aren’t much different from any other age group. Aim for several hours a week of regular cardio exercise like walking, cycling or swimming (to keep your heart healthy), along with strength training for building strong bones and muscles. It doesn’t take much strength training to reap the benefits. Include stretching and exercises for balance – a skill that needs constant attention, particularly as you age. 

Always check with your doctor if you have any injuries or medical conditions before starting an exercise programme and book a consultation with one of our Personal Trainers who can get you started off on the right foot.

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