Turn Back Time. How Exercise can Reverse the Ageing Process

Turn Back Time. How Exercise can Reverse the Ageing Process

By Bethan Townsend

It isn’t in a bottle and it isn’t something you have to pay a premium price for. Research shows that the best way to slow the ageing process is exercise. If you want to keep your body young, keep exercising. It’s as simple as that.

A successful fitness plan is based upon persistence and good a fitness programme involves several elements:

  • A healthier diet
  • Aerobic exercises
  • Muscle toning exercises

Even incorporating one of these elements into your life will make a different however, especially if you opt for aerobic exercise. By improving your heart and circulation, your body is more prepared to counter the effects of ageing. Older people tend to have higher blood pressure, lower maximum pumping capacity and stiffness to the blood vessels and exercise can help reverse and limit these conditions.

Just 15 minutes of aerobic exercise at least three times a week will result in lower blood viscosity which helps your circulation and helps blood flow more freely.  It helps your digestive system work more effectively and you’ll see your metabolic rate increase whilst your body fat will decrease, as well as your blood sugar and insulin levels.

Research by neurologists has also found that this level of exercise can also ward off depression and reduce chances of diseases such as dementia and related conditions. You should see your quality of life improve and even more than that you should live longer!

It doesn’t matter what age you are when you decide to start exercising, it will make a difference if you stick to it.

 

Comments

Roger B.
10 November 2014

Roger B.

use it or lose it in a nutshell. It is indeed never too late!

Sasha B.
7 November 2014

Sasha B.

I have never really thought of of muscle toning as helping you age more healthily. Is that more for women than for men?

Emma C.
6 November 2014

Emma C.

Love articles like this. My grandmother was very active throughout her younger days and is still going strong, climbing hills etc at 88!!

Frank H.
6 November 2014

Frank H.

Although I'm not too concerned about ageing just yet this is a really valuable article, my father used to be very active but slowed down in his later years, showing him this will hopefully get him back on his bike.

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