by Paula | October 29, 2014 1:10 am
Keeping active has to be a priority for anyone. The benefits are both mental and physical.
Mentally, regular exercise has been proven to help people retain memory function as they age. Studies have shown that regular physical fitness helps focus by promoting blood flow in the brain and throughout the body. It helps many sufferers of depression lessen their symptoms and it provides social opportunities which keeps the brain engaged.
Physically, exercising at least 30 minutes per day four to five days per week helps retain muscle tone, which declines after age 40. Just 2 weight bearing sessions per week can reduce 3% body fat points in 10 weeks without massive changes to your diet. Cardio work helps produce endorphins, which makes your brain feel happy, helps you achieve your weight goals, works out your lungs as well as your muscles, and helps you retain balance as you age. Regular exercise has been found to reduce risks of many types of cancers as well as many other medical conditions.
To determine the right time to workout depends on several variables. Your personal energy cycles will help you determine if working out in the morning or evening is most productive for you. Scheduling is also key. It is critical to put your workout plan on your schedule and understand the importance it, even among all the other things that demand your attention.
When the weather is warmer, it’s a rejuvenating change to get outdoors to exercise but be mindful of the Air Quality Index (AQI). This formula calculates the amount of particular pollutants in the air. The higher the number, the greater level of pollution and potential for health concerns with those with asthma, bronchitis and risk of heart attack and stroke. If it’s higher in your area, workout outside in the early morning, before rush hour when pollution is lowest. You can check the AQI on airnow.gov. 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is moderate, 101-150 is unhealthy for sensitive groups and 151 and above is considered unhealthy. (Oxygenmag.com- June 2014)
Exercises such as yoga or Pilates is not what many think of as fitness, but both practices are physically toning, mentally focusing and encourages an important mind-body connection. Many sports physiologist consider them to be critical to an overall balanced plan.
I believe that exercise is like the fountain of youth. For me it helps reduce morning stiffness, symptoms of my early onset arthritis, and keeps me looking younger than my actual age. My hope for all of you is that you include it regularly into your life.
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