Proof that Exercise Works your Body & Mind.
As people age, it is more important for them to maintain an active lifestyle. Exercising regularly will help boost energy, promote independence and limit pain and illnesses.
In some cases, exercise may even help reverse some of the symptoms associated with aging.
Exercise is good for physical health, but it is also very powerful for maintaining mental health as well as memory.
Whether a person is managing an illness or is healthy, there are several ways to boost fitness, improve confidence & become more active.
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When you stop exercising your brain is affected very severly.
Reducing your exercise slows the flow of blood to 8 regions of your brain. One of the affected regions is called the hippocampus - which is responsible for memory formation, storage & retrieval.
Within 10 years, you will notice a reduction in the volume of your brain without any increase in the density of your neurons. This shrinkage eventually leads to mental decline.
Lack of exercise also increases your rosk of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimers disease and Parkinsonns disease.
150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity is recommended per week or atleast 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. Exercise prevents the immune system from declining in old age as well.
In general, the immune system declines by about 2-3% a year from our 20's, which is why older people are more susceptible to infections. As well as conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.
A study followed 125 long distance cyclists, some in their 80's, and they found that they had the immune system of 20-year-old's. This means that they have added protection against all these issues.
The researchers looked at markers in their blood for T-cells which facilitate our immune systems ability to respond to new infections.
T-cells are produced in the thymus, a gland located in the front of the heart. The thymus normally shrinks in size in adulthood. The cyclists were producing the same levels of T-cells as adults in their 20's, whereas a group of inactive older adults were producing very few.
Researchers believe that being physically active in an old age will allow people to respond better to vaccines & will protect them against various deadly infections.
You do not need to be a competitive athlete to reap the benefits. Anything that gets you moving will help.
Dancing can also reverse signs of aging in the brain by improving memory, learning and balance.
It helps with stress, anxiety & depression.
Trying different types of dance keeps you in a constant learning process which increases the size of the hippocampus in your brain.
So, with that being said.....If you are looking to begin a journey towards better health, always consult your physician and other qualified professionals before jumping into any new program for physical activity or diet.
Remember that small steps are still steps towards your overall goal and the hardest part is taking the first one.
And above all, remember it is never too late to implement healthy behaviors into your lifestyle.
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