7 Top reasons to keep fit – important at every age

1. Increasing bone density and limiting osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is the disease that makes your bones weak and brittle. Exercise will increase your bone strength. The best kinds of exercise to make bones stronger are weight-bearing exercises like walking and resistance exercises such as lifting weights. But you don’t need to become a competitive walker or body builder. Just living an active lifestyle will help your bones stay strong. Remember you also need Vitamin D and calcium for good bone health.

2. Helps you stay independent.

The point of being active is to maintain your ability to function. Studies show that people who exercise over their lifetimes can avoid being disabled at the end of their lives. Those who don’t exercise are sure to experience more difficulty in movement later in life.

3. It increases metabolism.

Metabolism measures how your body handles and uses nutrients. Strength training increases muscle mass, which in turn raises metabolism. One benefit is that your body uses more of the calories you take in because your resting metabolic rate increases. That leads to less body fat and makes it easier to control your weight.

4. It reduces your risk for falls.

There are two reasons for this. Firstly is that exercise lets you practice keeping your balance and reacting to things around you. The second is that exercise can help arrest a natural decline in muscle fitness. Exercise will keep your muscles fit and alert.

5. Flexible.

Putting your body through the full range of movement helps keep it flexible. These activities do not need to be structured; any kind of activity is going to produce results. Some examples include: walking instead of driving, or raking leaves instead of using a blower.

6. It is a reason to be sociable.

Exercise groups are a great way to meet people. Because one of the best strategies for increasing your activity is to do it in a group, exercise can lead to new friends. Check at the local community center or local health club for special exercise groups for seniors. Why not also ask your friends to join you.

7. It improves your mood.

Exercise is good for your mind. Studies show it reduces depression. It can also lift your self-esteem!

Always remember to consult your doctor before undertaking any new exercise.