Living longer is something everyone wants to do. However, living longer also comes with some pitfalls, such as living longer and being incapacitated or sick. Exercise can help you not only live longer, but also raise your quality of life for now and for those extended years. Living longer is good, but living longer and healthier is far better. Working out not only adds years to your life, it adds more life to those years.
You’ll prevent serious conditions when you workout.
Whether it’s high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease or osteoporosis, you’ll have less risk of these serious conditions when you workout regularly. You don’t have to be a senior to feel the negative effects of these conditions. All of them require careful monitoring and medications. They also can limit some of your activity. Ironically, to combat all these conditions, you have to change your dietary habits and start working out. Why wait until you have to make those changes when you can do it now and enjoy a healthier life?
You’ll have a better attitude toward life when you exercise regularly.
Exercise burns off the hormones of stress. It makes you feel more confident and ready to tackle difficult situations and goals. Right there should be enough to make you want to drop and do a few pushups. Okay, so it doesn’t, you get the idea. You’ll not only have the physical endurance to do more, you’ll also have improved cognitive skills. No matter how old you are, exercise can help brain functioning and keeping the blues at bay.
The more you exercise, the more mobile you are.
Again, you might think of seniors when it comes to limited mobility, but that can occur at any age in varying degrees if you’re out of shape. For the senior, it might make the difference between living independently and going to a facility that provides help for everyday tasks. For the younger person, it could be as simple as enjoying hiking with the family or sitting at home waiting for them to return because you don’t have the energy for hiking.
- You’ll heal faster when you workout regularly. Studies show that the older you are, the slower you heal. However, studies also show that people who workout regularly heal 25 percent faster.
- You’ll feel better about yourself. One study found that people who started exercise programs had an improved self image, even before they saw results. When you see the great results, you’ll definitely feel better about yourself.
- You’ll digest food better. Several studies show that exercise when you exercise regularly, it can reduce or eliminate heartburn, gas, constipation and stomach cramps. It improves the functioning of intestines and even helps improve beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.
- A program of healthy eating and regular exercise can boost your energy level. You’ll get more done and have energy to spare for fun things at the end of the day.