Physical exercise is important for young and old alike but there are four major differences. First, older folk are less competitive because we no longer have that testosterone filled drive. Second, we are well-advised to avoid the contact sports that we might have enjoyed in our youth – we bruise easy and may not be able to get back up! Third, exercise is more urgent for us as there is no time left to waste. Our time for action is now or we may never have the chance again to reverse the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Fourth, unlike young people who often specialize in a sport to compete, we must focus on broad spectrum exercise.
The objective is to improve and maintain physical well-being by following the four main tenets of physical exercise. These are – endurance through aerobic cardiovascular exercises such as running, walking, bicycling, swimming, etc.; strength resistance through weight training or calisthenics; flexibility and suppleness through stretching or yoga, and finally agility, coordination and balance through activities like ball games, t’ai Chi or dancing. Such a combination will keep us in an optimal state of fitness and thoroughly engage our mind, body and spirit. In turn, this promotes an efficient metabolism aiding digestion, detoxification and our immune system. This makes us sleep better and feel more positive and less stresses, it also makes us more social and keeps us connected to the world around us (whether through gym membership, walking the dog in the park or joining a dance class). Thus daily exercise is “all-round” essential to an older person’s health and general sense of well-being. It cannot be overstressed that it is a core part, possibly even the most important element, of any anti-aging strategy.
• Accept that a well-planned physical exercise programme must be at the heart of any anti-aging strategy. Combined with a positive attitude, quality nutrition with supplementation, mental stimulation and modern medical anti aging protocols, the physical body and its maintenance through exercise is the very foundation on which all the other anti-aging tenets rest. do not procrastinate. Every day of inaction amplifies the difficulties in attaining the broad anti-aging benefits of being fit.