Age related health conditions that may be prevented with exercise

Arthritis - age related health conditions

Moving to a warmer climate did a great deal of good for my arthritis. And so did my exercises. Not just the specific exercises for my hands, but also the stretching, weight training, swimming and walking.

There are 4 age related health conditions that figure in my exercise zone: arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and mental health conditions.
My diverse routine exercise program contains cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching. It is aimed at preventing these conditions to materialize or worsen.

More facts in this article from the Mayo Clinic.

Arthritis

This disease is progressive and chronic and often emerges the older we get. Perhaps as a teenager, you overtrained in a particular sport; this can cause tremendous joint, muscles, ligament, and bone stress.

Then as you grow older and decide not to exercise at all, you will lose muscle and bone strength. Mobility, motility, and stability will decrease. Now you have created a perfect environment for inflammation and stiffness of the joints to flare up and limit your ability to function without pain.

Arthritis afflicts thousands of older people and it is the leading cause of disability. Prevention is everything. Avoid overuse, and commit yourself to regular exercise and workout.  

Keep your weight in check. This also helps to deter this annoying and often painful disease. Also include lots of stretching because this is going to help you increase the elasticity and flexion of your ligaments. And ultimately leave your body flexible and more able.

Cancer

Research shows exercise is one of the more important actions you can take to guard against a diverse range of cancers. Fact is, up to 33% of cancer-related deaths are because of a lazy lifestyle and obesity, including colon and breast cancer.

The Huffington Post reports women that exercise regularly can lower their risk of breast cancer by up to 40%! The trigger is the high level of estrogen in the blood. Women that exercise have lower levels of estrogen. That’s a pretty good reason to commit to regular exercise.

Heart Disease

Exercise - age related health conditions

Your heart is a muscle and when it’s in shape, it is able to effectively pump blood through the body with less effort than if you were a certified couch potato. Exercise ensures your blood vessels and arteries to stay flexible, which means you have great blood flow, and maintain low levels of blood pressure and a healthy cholesterol level.

The American Heart Association says just 30 minutes a day will help reduce your risk considerably for cardiovascular disease.

Of course, it’s always wise to check with your healthcare provider before you start a new exercise regimen. Just in case you have a pre-existing underlying condition and need to modify your routine.

Mental Health Conditions

The American Psychological Association reports psychologists rarely include regular exercise in their treatment programs for mental health conditions. But that’s changing. Experts admit the exercise-mental health connection is pretty much impossible to ignore.

Natural endorphins from rigorous exercise boost your mood, help control or level that natural fight-or-flight response, and buffer the brain. Experts believe exercise helps with chronic depression by boosting serotonin levels, and by promoting the growth of neurons.

Exercise may actually help to strengthen the brain biologically and make it more resilient from slipping into bouts of anxiety and depression.

Take responsibility for your health

Bottom line is, prevention is everything, and we can’t turn back time.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to run marathons or train for 5 hours a day, in fact, even 20 minutes of regular rigorous activity, like walking, cycling, or aerobics 5 days a week can go a long way to improve your overall physical and mental health and prevent chronic illness in your older years.

It’s vitally important that you preserve the time to fit regular exercise into your day so you can live your live in an optimal way for a long, long time. By the way, it is never too late to start to exercise, no matter what your age is!

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