Exercise is a key component of living a long, healthy life. Whether you’re young or old, fit or on the heavier side, exercise can help you improve your physical and mental health. Regular exercise can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, boost energy levels, and even ward off chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes—overall making it easier for you to age gracefully.
You’ll experience a better mood
Exercise can also help you feel happier and more relaxed. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which are feel-good hormones that increase your sense of well-being. Plus, seeing as regular exercise can improve your sleep quality (we’ll talk about this in the next section), you’ll likely experience less stress during the day as well.
Your body will stay flexible and strong
As you age, it’s important to maintain flexibility and strength. Both are crucial for staying healthy and preventing injuries.
If you’re not currently exercising regularly and want to start, here are some suggestions:
- Take a yoga class at least once per week. Yoga helps build muscle strength while improving balance and coordination–and reducing the risk of falls in older adults.
- Walk regularly outside or at the gym on machines such as elliptical trainers or stationary bikes. Anything that provides resistance when pedaling (as opposed to just being an aerobic workout). This exercise will strengthen leg muscles without putting too much strain on joints like knees or ankles. It keeps them from bending too far forward during movement cycles like walking or running.*
Your bones will stay strong and healthy.
Weight-bearing exercise is any activity that involves the weight of your body, such as walking or jogging. Weight-bearing exercises can help prevent osteoporosis, a disease where bones become brittle and fragile.
Osteoporosis weakens your skeleton by reducing the amount of calcium in it. As you age, this makes it harder for your body to build new bone tissue and repair old bone tissue damaged by injury or illness. This leads to an increased risk for fractures throughout life — especially after age 50 — because there’s less material available for repairing broken bones than when you were younger.
Weight-bearing exercises are especially important for older people because they stimulate bone formation (the process by which new cells replace old ones). In fact, research shows that regular physical activity could reduce fracture rates among postmenopausal women by up to 40 percent over six years compared with those who did not engage in any type of physical activity at all.
You’ll sleep better at night
There’s a reason why people say that exercise is the best medicine. Not only does regular exercise help you age gracefully, but it can also help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up more refreshed than if you were to skip your workout.
A study published in the journal Sleep found that after 1 week of aerobic exercise training (30 minutes per day), older adults had improvements in sleep efficiency (the percentage of time spent sleeping) and increased sleep duration compared to those who didn’t do any exercise at all. Another study showed that older adults who participated in vigorous physical activity for 2 months reported fewer symptoms related to insomnia than those who didn’t participate in any type of physical activity over this period.
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, making you feel more confident, positive and happy overall
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, making you feel more confident, positive, and happy overall. You’ll be able to do things you never thought possible before. It’s a great way to gain confidence in yourself and build on skills that may have been lacking in the past.
Exercise also has been shown to reduce stress levels by releasing endorphins (the “feel good” hormones). This can help keep you calm under pressure so that when something stressful happens at work or home, you won’t be as affected by it as someone who doesn’t exercise regularly would be
It’s never too late to start exercising!
It’s never too late to start exercising! The benefits of regular exercise are numerous, and they extend across all ages. If you’re thinking about starting a workout routine now or in the future, here are some reasons why it’s an excellent choice:
- You will feel better and look better. Regular exercise helps improve muscle tone and strength, which makes for a more toned physique overall. It also reduces body fat (and increases lean muscle mass), so that your clothes fit better–and if they don’t? Well then maybe it’s time to buy new ones! Plus, working out releases endorphins in your brain that make you happy and relaxed.
- You’ll have more energy throughout the day–and probably throughout the night too! Studies show that people who exercise regularly sleep faster than those who don’t get enough physical activity during their waking hours; this means less tossing and turning before finally falling asleep at night (or perhaps even sleeping through until morning). In addition to boosting energy levels during waking hours, studies show that older adults who engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity five times per week not only feel less fatigued but also experience improvements in cognitive function. Such as memory recall ability among others like alertness/attention span too! This means no more getting lost while driving somewhere new because we forgot where we were going!
Regular exercise is a great way to help you age gracefully. It can boost your mood, keep your heart healthy and strong, keep your bones healthy and flexible, make you sleep better at night, and give you more self-esteem. It’s one of the many ways that I maintain my vitality in my 7th decade, which you can read more about here! But there are so many benefits of exercising regularly that it’s never too late to start!