As we age we tend to slow down and become more sedentary with age. An active lifestyle becomes more important which not only boosts your energy levels, but also helps in managing symptoms of illness or pain and beneficial for your mood and memory. Even in the absence of disease, wear and tear occur in most of the body due to aging which impacts daily activities such as change in fitness, flexibility, strength and muscles. There are strong evidences which prove that people who are active have a lower risk of cardiac disorders, depression, stroke, etc.
Following are the changes which occur during old age:
- Change in walking pattern
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Disturbed digestive system
- Loss of balance
- Loss of bone density
- Increase in stress
- Increase in urinary incontinence
Benefits of doing exercise:
- Improves bone density
- Improves life expectancy
- Maintains proper sleep pattern
- Prevents fall
- Provides good balance and flexibility in the body
- Reduces risk of cardiac diseases
- Reduces stress
Exercise is a huge stress buster and the endorphins produced can actually help reduce feelings of anxiety, depression or sadness. Being active and feeling strong obviously helps in increasing your confidence. So, if you are inactive for a while, now it’s time to gear up and gradually increase your activity levels which will still improve your quality of life in process and reduce the risk of stress and other ailments.
Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.
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