Fitness is, without a doubt, a lifestyle. There is no quick fix or shortcuts! As we get older we may exercise a little less. Sometimes this is unavoidable due to our health or just the fact your body can’t recover as quick as when you were in your teens! We may also enjoy a little more food and enjoy the finer things in life. Such as seeing the world after retirement.
On the other hand, this does not mean we must get lazy. There are a whole bunch of reasons to why you should keep up an active lifestyle and still watch what you eat from time to time. Let’s explore how fitness can…
#1 Relieve Stress
There’s nothing like walking into a gym with a mind full of stressful thoughts, popping in your headphones, zoning out and exercising. Physical activity produces the release of endorphins – chemicals in the brain that help our ability to sleep better which leads to lower levels of stress.
Something as simple as going out for a nice long walk can give you time to clear your head and have the same effect as going to the gym would have. Exercise overall can have a very positive effect on the brain, the mind and can help relieve some of the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Keep up a good level of physical activity after your early years to help keep you stress-free and to help improve your mental health!
#2 Improved Sleep
This can sometimes depend on the individual and the type/intensity of exercise. Some people if they chose to perform intense exercise late at night, then try and sleep, they feel themselves just lying there struggling to zone out. Due to the fact they have just pushed their bodies to the absolute limit, which highly raises your heart rate, core temperature and can release a huge hit of adrenaline. So, no wonder some individuals struggle to sleep. If you find this is the case for you, then perhaps try a vigorous workout earlier on in the day instead of late at night. Then by the time you’re ready to hit the hay, your adrenalin levels are normal, core temperature is back down and your heart rate is pumping at a calm rate.
The first two reasons can link together. Exercise can relieve stress and release endorphins. If you are less stressed, then you’re going to get a good night’s sleep! In your later years, a perfect exercise to keep you sleeping like a baby is walking! It’s not too taxing, meaning your body’s core temperature won’t be too high and your adrenaline levels won’t be through the roof. However, still giving you that satisfied feeling of exercise and the release of endorphins to aid a good night’s kip!
Some people will even push their bodies so hard that when bedtime comes around, they hit the pillow and they’re out like a light! There’s no reason not to keep up this approach into your later years. Fair enough you might be able to push your body as hard as you once could have compared to your 20’s, but you can still perform to your best ability, giving it everything you have and then getting a well earnt night’s sleep.
#3 More Energy
Do more to get more! If you just sit around all day or even just lie on the sofa for 10-12 hours at the weekend, then this will cause you to fatigue quicker, feel sluggish and will have a very negative effect on your life.
By going to the gym, a fitness class, a long run, or just simply going out to walk the dog, your mind will be more responsive and more alert. You’ll notice improved brain function, better concentration, again the list can go on. You can see that a pattern is emerging as I take you through each benefit of keeping up exercise past your peak years! Exercise, leads to more energy, leads to release of more endorphins, leads to less stress, leads to improved sleep, leads to a better, healthier and happier you!
#4 Lowers Your Chances Of Illness
The older we get the more prone we are to certain illnesses and diseases. Of course, at times this can’t be helped, nevertheless you can always try your best to help avoid these sick days. The more physical activity you can do, then the harder your heart will work, making it stronger. This, in turn, leads to improving blood circulation, cholesterol, blood pressure, your resting heart rate and also decreases the chances of obesity and diabetes!
Try and aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three times per week, or if you’re already heavily into the fitness lifestyle then don’t pack it in as soon as you get past your 40’s. Just keep active!
#5 Less Aches And Pains
By regularly exercising you are forcing your body to work harder. You are constantly taxing areas of your body that if you didn’t exercise would become stiff. For example, bad knees. By regularly exercising with activities such as walking, cycling and resistance training, you’ll notice your knees getting stronger and stronger, eventually leading to fewer aches and pains.
Achy knees are sometimes also caused by obesity. Your bodyweight pressures your joints, cartilage and bones around your knee too much causing them to give you pain. So, what’s a possible cure? Regular exercise with a well-balanced diet to help aid weight loss, then leading to less pressure being forced on your knees. Simple! The same can be said for lower back pain or hip pain. The more you frequently exercise and work these areas, the stronger they become. A few good reasons to why you should keep up the fitness lifestyle no matter what your age!