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KEY TO HEALTHY AGING
There may not be a magic pill that promises eternal life and health, but we hold more power than we may realize in the daily choices we make and the habits we adopt and maintain throughout our lives.
Living an active and balanced lifestyle that includes a combination of aerobic, muscular strength, and flexibility exercises reduces the risks of diseases, slows the rate of muscle tissue loss and improves activities of daily living.
CARDIOVASCULAR BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL FITNESS
The heart and lungs naturally reduce efficiency and strength over time. This is especially true in sedentary individuals. As we age, the heart works harder to accomplish the same amount of work, both at rest and during activity. Regular exercise helps increase blood flow and oxygen supply.
Becoming and remaining physically active and incorporating aerobic exercise can lower and control blood pressure, which reduces the overall stress on the heart. Activity also can help lower cholesterol levels and prevent atherosclerotic build up in the arteries. Further, individuals who remain active reduce their risk of all-cause mortality and premature death from preventable diseases.
COGNITIVE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Exercise and physical activity (along with proper diet) significantly slows the rate of cognitive dysfunction. What’s good for the heart, is also good for the brain.
Exercise improves memory, enhances thinking and problem-solving skills, boosts brain supporting hormones, enhances blood and oxygen flow to the brain, acts as a natural anti-depressant and stress reliever, and it improves focus.
We cannot stop or reverse aging, but we can influence how we experience our journey. And it’s never too late to start making healthy choices to better your future.