Friday Fact or Fiction: I'm Too Old To Work Out


VERDICT: FICTION - There are more reasons than ever for us to work out as we age; here are 5 ways we benefit from regular exercise, even if we're not spring chickens.

While it may be true that youth has the upper hand when it comes to looking good without effort, it doesn't mean you can't look good just because you're getting on in years. In fact, as we age, there is actually more incentive for us to work out regularly: not only will it make you feel better mentally, being fit means strength and this is good at any age.

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Here are just a few reasons why you should continue to exercise, regardless of age:
  1. Your Bones
    Your bones adapt to stress placed on them so lifting weights can help strengthen your bones. Strong bones mean less injuries and a more comfortable life. Aging won't be another step toward helplessness for you. Exercise can keep you healthy and independent so you won't have to call an emergency number if you fall down. You'll be strong enough to pick yourself up.

  2. Your Heart
    Aerobic activity is especially beneficial for your entire cardiovascular system, hence its more common term "cardio." People who exercise have strong hearts that can pump blood more easily - keeping high blood pressure at bay. Start by walking for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week and see the difference for yourself. MayoClinic affirms that even the smallest increase in activity can help increase your heart health.

  3. Your Weight reported a study in 2005 showing that the average adult gains 10 pounds every decade. Six years later, obesity has become our generation's worst epidemic. Being overweight is not just an aesthetic issue. It put you at risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and death from heart attack or heart failure. Our bodies are not built to support such an excess of pounds. Start exercising to elevate your metabolism and get yourself to a more comfortable weight.

  4. Your Brain
    Regular exercise increases blood flow not only to your muscles but to your brain. Increased blood flow equals increased oxygen which is also absolutely vital for cognitive function. Working out could help extend the functionality of your brain as you age.

  5. Your Energy
    Better metabolism means your body is using nutrients more efficiently which means you will have more energy for daily activities. If you start working out now, you will gradually feel better every day so working out isn't something that you can start and then quit. As long as you stretch and warmup to prevent injury, your body will continue to make positive adaptations to the world load you place on it. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

Not only are you not too old to work out, the older you are, the more you can benefit from working out. In terms of exercise, age really is just a number so it's time to grab a towel and hit the gym!