Exercise Reduces the Stress of Aging

aging and exercise

Aging is inevitable, and for many people, a stressful process to deal with. But you can take steps to keep your mind and body healthy, which significantly reduces your stress levels. First and foremost, move every day and stay as strong as long as you can. The human body is designed for movement, and muscles are not meant to be inactive.

Just like any other muscle, your heart functions best when challenged. Walk, swim, jog, or use a treadmill, stair climbing machine, or some other weight-bearing movement in order to include moderate cardiovascular conditioning in your daily program. Aerobic exercise helps maintain a healthy weight, lowers blood pressure, and keeps the arteries more flexible. In addition, aerobic exercise is one of the best approaches for handling stress. It also prevents constipation and is essential for overall good health.

In addition to aerobic exercise, include some strength training to build stronger bones and slow bone loss. Include stretching exercises. As we grow older our muscles contract; they lose fiber and shrink in size and density. Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates are all excellent approaches for muscles, balance, and body core development. Consider searching for a massage therapist if you can afford a regular deep tissue massage.

Aging and Health

In addition to aging muscles, bones also become smaller in size and density, which causes people to become shorter. Bones also weaken and become more susceptible to fractures. Flexibility is affected so people become less coordinated, which in turn, causes difficulty in balancing. When arising in the morning, sit up for a moment. Place your hands on your knees to assist getting out of bed. Losing one’s balance becomes a regular challenge. Be mindful of your balance, especially when getting dressed. A simple procedure is to sit or always lean on something when standing on one foot when putting on slacks.

A discussion about movement and aging would not be complete with mentioning the voice. The voice of an elderly person is easily discernible from the sound of a younger person. The sounds we make require muscle movement and, as with any muscle, they atrophy when not used. Reading out loud is a simple procedure to employ daily—even for a short time. Vocalization keeps your brain and vocal cords active.

The more you move and keep active, the less stressful the aging process will be.


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