One of the most highly regarded anti-aging treatments is still exercising. Not only does it restore health, regain a youthful muscle tone, improves the metabolism of the body, exercising could also extend life expectancy. It is so important that no anti-aging supplement, no surgery and no single health food no matter the hype in advertisement could replace it. One could only turn on the television set and at least two channels in any cable company are shopping networks that sells exercise equipments and gadgets, all modified to make exercising easier and less time consuming. All directed to make people exercise and to accommodate also the issues confronting older people.
Understandably so, as the body ages, it desires more rest from activities that require less physical effort. On the other hand, this is the time when it needs it more.
Aging and Metabolism – Most people think that as they age, their metabolism slows down too. In many respects this is true that is why the need for exercise is greater. Often though, the reason for slower metabolism for older people is that they stop moving as much compared to when they were younger. Not moving so much also tends to make even the voluntary muscles in the body slower. Plaques develop especially in the colon and when the junk and the gunk stay there caused by slower metabolism, ailments develop faster. The body also develops more fat than muscles as it ages which is the more reason to burn more calories. Younger people have more lean muscles. This is why they do not sweat as much with every exertion than older people do.
Aging and keeping an active mind – There is a correlation between being physically and mentally active. A person, especially older people, who leads sedentary lifestyle tends to have more lethargic cognitive abilities than same age groups that remained physically active.
Aging and injuries – As people reach middle age, recovery from injuries takes a while longer. So it is true that as people starts to approach middle age, they may want to limit the frequency of exerting strenuous physical activity. Still exercising is needed albeit they have to take longer periods of rests.
Exercising and deaths – As people approach middle age the fear of falling dead during physical exertion and other horror stories becomes more believable. False belief. Actually the chance is one in 1.5 million sessions and the findings are not very conclusive. However, it will still be good to consult a physician first for better guidance. But then even the physician will recommend exercising provided there are no seriously prohibitive reasons.
Aging and Strength training – Strength training and weight training could slow down the loss of lean body mass in older persons. Depending also on a person’s initial fitness and dependent on how hard he works out, lean body mass could be developed.
Aging and Strength development – A good anti-aging treatment for aging people is the regaining or the development of strength first. People approaching middle age who started walking a certain distance a day finds out that they could endure more distances on following days and the distances keeps on increasing. Development of the strength in this manner prepares the person for more serious work outs. In fact strength development does not need high tech equipments, the road, the stairs, and the door jamb, whatever. Provided your physician gives the go, exercise materials could be found anywhere. Besides, strength development is necessary if one plans to do aerobics later on.
Anti-aging treatments like exercising could be done anywhere and are available anywhere. Often they do not require too much effort nor do they have to be too time consuming. Sometimes, the simplest are even the most effective. Exercising also remains to be the least expensive anti aging treatment ever. All other alternatives do not make the grade as much as exercise does.