There is so much to be gained from exercise, it is great for circulating blood to the brain, it makes our lungs deliver more oxygen into the blood stream and our heart itself pushes more blood around our body.
Our muscles too benefit because they do a better job of using all the oxygen that is supplied to them.
Just because people start to get older doesn’t mean they can let themselves go by doing less exercise or making do with a poor diet. A healthy lifestyle is, in fact, more important for the over forties than ever before.
The only difference for those facing middle age is that you have to consider what suits your abilities and be wary of taking up an activity that is too strenuous.
There are lots of different ways of getting fitter and it does not have to mean lifting heavy weights and running marathons.
By now, you will know your physical limitations, in terms of a dodgy back or stiff joints etc so try and find something that pushes your boundaries without sending you to the emergency room.
If you decide to make use of equipment at your local gym then it is better to get the fitness trainer to set up a specific program to suit your own individual abilities, capabilities and aims. Always take advice and if possible check with your doctor before going ahead with strenuous forms of exercise.
You must always remember the basic facts, that if you do not burn off more calories than you consume, the average person will put on excess pounds. It becomes a spiraling situation because once the body’s metabolism starts to decrease the ease of which fat is burnt diminishes. The bigger and unhealthier that you become, the less active your daily routine is.
The good news is that even though aging makes us feel like our muscles are becoming inefficient that is not the case at all. All healthy muscles have the potential to react to exercise and improve its mass.
Regeneration still takes place in an older person albeit it more slowly. The biggest detrimental factor for the body is not age it is the choice of lifestyle that has been made.
In other words it is not how long you have lived but more importantly how you lived it. As long as you built up exercise slowly and combine it with a good well balanced healthy diet then you will not only feel better you will look wonderful to boot.