Chances are you’ve already experienced some of the changes that happen as you age.
Your hormonal levels diminish and your skin, muscles and bones begin to change. Your skin is not as tight or smooth as it used to be, your muscles are not as strong and the bones begin to weaken.
But a good anti-aging exercise regime can help stimulate hormone production and promote strength and flexibility.
Get Regular Exercise
Studies have shown that a regular exercise program is one of the best things you can do when it comes to battling the effects of aging.
Regular is the operative word here!
Unless you exercise consistently, the results you get, just won’t be the same as if you would exercises on a regular basis.
There are certain types of exercises that will help you stay active, live a longer and happier life and stay mentally alert. But there is no “one size fits all”.
How often and how strenuous you make your exercise program depends on your personal needs, both physical and your daily lifestyle.
Here is a Sampling of Exercises to Reap The Best Anti-Aging Results
3 Types of “Anti-Aging” Exercises
There are three definitive types of exercises that are best suited to fight the physical and mental effects that occur with aging.
- Flexibility – The most important exercises to beat the aging process. Exercises geared to improve your flexibility, increase blood circulation and release serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical produced by the brain and is necessary for overall health and well-being.
- Flexibility exercises are safe and easy to perform and reduce the incidence of falls. These exercises can be as simple as stretching. As you become and stay more flexible your level of stability and physical balance also improves.
- Strength Building – These exercises help improve stability and muscle tone and sustain bone mass. Your chances of having a debilitating injury are lessened as you build your muscle strength.
- Bone fractures caused by falls become more common as we age. Therefore, any exercises that help improve muscle strength will help decreasing the chance of falling and sustaining a serious fracture. You can lift weights, bike, row or do any number of other exercises that will help build strength.
- Cardiovascular – Designed to keep your heart healthy, aerobic exercises also help fight depression and keep your weight down.
- Running, brisk walking and any other exercise that will increase your heart rate for a sustained period of time releases brain chemicals that produce hormones.
When should you exercise?
Well, research has shown that there’s no particular time of the day when it’s best to exercise. However accidents seem to happen more often during the morning hours – muscles and joints seem to be less flexible at that time.
So if you choose to exercise early in the day, take extra caution and warm up before you start your exercise routine. No point in getting hurt, is there?
Also, you may want to exercise when you aren’t too tired, but when you’ve been up and about for awhile. Mid afternoon seems to be a good time for most people to perform exercises without too much fear of injury.
You don’t need a home gym or an expensive membership in a neighborhood gym. One piece of equipment that you know you’ll use on a regular basis is the best investment is one that you know you’ll use on a regular basis.
Walking incorporates all 3 types of exercises!
Alternatively, you may want to take up walking – because walking combines all the exercise types into one activity.
- Flexibility (incorporate a good stretching routine before and after you walk).
- Strength Building (just use some hand weights or leg weights as you walk).
- Cardiovascular (make sure you walk at a good clip and for a certain amount of time – one that’s right for you).
What are you waiting for? Get out there and start walking today!