It's Never Too Late
For those of us “of a certain age”, there is an inevitable decline due to the biological processes of aging. However, there is considerable evidence that an appropriate exercise program can help minimize the effects of aging and result in a number of improvements in the quality of life. These improvements include the following:
An increase in average life expectancy
Reductions in body weight and total body fat
Improved cardiovascular functioning
Substantial increases in muscular power
Strength and balance exercises reduce the risk of falls for those at risk for falling
High intensity resistance exercise has been associated with decreased depression in older adults
Regular activity is associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety
An increase in bone mineral density in postmenopausal women
Increased cardiovascular fitness is associated with reduced risk of cognitive decline
For those who have become sedentary, obtaining a medical screening prior to beginning an exercise program is important. A qualified fitness professional can assist in the design and implementation of an appropriate exercise program to include aerobic exercise, resistance training, flexibility programs, and balance training. Even those who have never engaged in regular exercise can benefit from an appropriately designed program.
It’s never too late to get started on a healthier and more active lifestyle. What is the first step that you can take today?
Source: ACSM (2009). Exercise and Physical Activity in Older Adults. Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise, 1510-1530.