If only, there were a fountain of youth! Unfortunately, there isn’t one that we know of, so we are on the constant quest to find ways to retain our youth and reverse the signs of it fading away.
Aging is a complex process, one that takes complete control over the human body, weakening it.With every birthday that comes our way, we are more susceptible to the effects of age on our mental and physical health.
One of the most effective and inexpensive therapies to slow down and even reverse the aging process is EXERCISE! Aerobic exercises are the perfect choice to put age at bay. It involves rhythmic exercising with strength training and stretching, and focuses on all the elements of fitness in a single go. Aging issues of flexibility, loss of muscular strength and cardiovascular weakness are all addressed by aerobics. Aerobic exercise is also proven to improve memory and physical stamina. Although you may do all sorts of exercise, the aerobic part of it is very important because of proven health benefits, which may not be achieved with other types of exercises.
A follow up on the famous Dallas Bed Rest study of 1966 was conducted in 2001, where the participants were introduced to regular practice of moderate aerobic activity. It revealed shocking results. After 6 months of moderate aerobic exercise, the participants were back to the same cardiovascular health levels that they possessed 30 years ago. Did you ever in your wildest dreams imagine that reversing your age by decades could be possible and so simple?
So, how does aerobic exercise achieve this magic? Regular exercise is equatable to oiling a machine. It reduces the overall wear and tear that the body goes through. Aerobic exercise works your lungs and heart and keeps your blood pressure under control. With increased heart pumping strength, your blood circulation improves and this makes your skin look younger.
Immunity is higher in people who regularly exercise, so you are less prone to illnesses. Blood sugar levels are accelerated by inactivity, so exercising reduces your risk of Diabetes. It helps improve your memory and keeps your mind stimulated. People who exercise have a general sense of well-being and satisfaction, this reduces the chances of depression. Regular exercise helps control and reduce weight. The best part of aerobic exercising is that it is fun and simple. You do not necessarily need complex equipment, nor lots of time to get started. With some initial guidance, you can start off immediately and reap the benefits quickly. Exercising for three to five days a week, for 30 to 60 minutes is all it takes. Your choice of exercise can be walking, cycling, exercise using equipment, swimming, jogging or even aerobic dancing. There is a whole variety to select from, and you can always mix them up to keep your interest from dwindling.
Aerobic strength decreases as you hit middle age. Everything may seem cumbersome and fatigue may be your constant companion after this age, unless you decide to ‘step up the action and slow down the aging’! Regular aerobic exercise is indispensable for anyone committed to slowing the aging process. Exercise alone combats the loss of muscle strength, body balance, stamina and bone density that increases with age. As you grow older, your bone density decreases and you are at greater risk of Osteoporosis. So aerobic exercises should be performed in conjunction with strength training to ward off Osteoporosis by building up bone mass. Aging also increases chances of straining or pulling muscles. Exercising makes you less prone to this danger and you can also maintain better balance and ward off chances of having a fall.