You may recall having a seemingly limitless reserve of energy when you were young. But as we age, our energy, mobility and general physical comfort all seem to decline. Sticking with regular exercise throughout your life, and especially as you age, can help you feel healthier inside and out. In addition to helping you feel better now, this fitness habit can also have long-lasting benefits on the aging process.
- Maintaining a Positive Attitude: As you age, you may feel depressed or experience other negative emotions more often. You can avoid these negative feelings by adopting an exercise routine that keeps you active and challenged. In addition to the satisfaction of setting and reaching new goals, studies have shown that working out also releases certain chemicals in the brain that can improve your mood. As you age, consider working out with friends. It can be a great way to get both the physical exercise and social interaction you need to feel your best.
- Reducing Your Risk for Sicknesses: There are a number of illnesses that tend to affect older adults more often than younger people, including certain types of cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart problems and high blood pressure, and even mental illnesses. Exercising regularly will help you maintain a healthy weight, which lowers your risk for developing many of these illnesses. Working out has also been shown to decrease the risk of developing different types of mental disorders.
- Improving Movement and Flexibility: One of the biggest concerns for seniors is falling or suffering another type of injury as a result of inflexibility. As time passes, it often gets more difficult to maintain the level of flexibility, strength and balance that you had in your younger years. Besides increasing the risk of a fall, this weakening often makes it difficult to tackle normal daily responsibilities, such as reaching items on a shelf or handling household chores. Working out will help you stay flexible and strong throughout life!
No matter your age or fitness level, Planet Fitness Austin has something for everyone. At our convenient Riverside and Oak Hill locations, Planet Fitness provides a comfortable, friendly place to exercise where all members can feel accepted and respected. Call us today at (512) 282-0003 for more information.