As we age, exercise continues to be crucial to overall health and wellness. When we are young, we are told to go outside, play sports, and to be active. But as we are aging, we begin to care less about activity and exercise, and more about our job, kids, and other commitments we have in life. But, I am here to remind you how important it is to take care of yourself throughout your lifespan so that you can live a long, healthy life.
When we are young, the point of exercising is to build neuromuscular connections between the brain and the muscle, learning how to move our bodies. We build muscle, tendons, ligaments, and other structures that help us become stronger. Our bones get thicker to help support our growing bodies. But, what happens if we forget about exercising as we get older?
1. Muscle deterioration
As we get older, so do our muscles. While in your 20’s, muscle mass will be at its’ greatest for the most part. I am not saying that you can’t build muscle after this age, but for most average people, we build muscle at this age and try to maintain it throughout our lifespan. As our muscle begins to breakdown due to inactivity, we become more susceptible to injuries.
2. Hormonal changes
There is not a lot we can do to completely control our hormones with aging. As we get older, natural changes in hormones will happen throughout the body. Men start to decrease in testosterone count. Women go through menopause. Although we can’t completely alleviate this, we are able to control it through exercise. Exercise causes hormonal releases in the body that are good for it, and by staying active as we age, we can help to minimize hormonal changes and effects as much as possible.
3. Bone density decrease
As we get older, especially for females, bone health becomes a great concern. Women are especially at risk for osteoporosis (breakdown of bone) with aging. As kids, the stress we place on our bones running around causes the bone to build and become stronger. At some point in our lifetime, the bone begins to breakdown. But, by exercising and staying active, we can build these bones even stronger to give us a better starting point when bone begins to deteriorate. By placing stress on the bones with activity, they can continue to be strong. We run into the biggest issues with bone health if we become inactive with age.
All in all, it’s simple. Don’t allow yourself to be too consumed with everyday life to the point where you don’t have time for yourself and for your health. In the long run, you can save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle medically if you can take care of yourself now. Also, it is never too late. Even if you are older and have become inactive, get active! Some activity is always better than no activity.
If you are in need of help or don’t know where to start, start by seeking a personal trainer, to help you get back on track with your own personalized program. We would be happy to help you here at NoCo Fitness! Set up your free consultation and get your active life back on track!
By Ryan McIvor