The Secret Elixir to Acing This Aging Thing.
Have you ever REALLY delved into the INCREDIBLE ways exercise can reverse some of the physical and mental effects of aging?
Of course, there are the obvious perks - exercising, especially lifting weights, keeps our bones strong and our muscles toned. It helps maintain a healthy weight, keeps our heart strong, and lowers the risk of all the most common chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension.
But what's even cooler is how exercise can turn back the clock on aging, getting rid of stiffness and making you feel like you've got the energy of your much younger self.
As we age, our metabolism has a tendency to slow down, which is one of the reasons we gain weight after menopause, even when we're not making any changes in our lifestyle. Exercise revs your metabolism back up.
We actually do tend to move less, which starts a cycle of aches and pains because we're not as active. And when we're hurting, we're less likely to feel like moving, even though exercise is a big part of treating arthritis for example.
"...cognitive decline is almost twice as common among adults who are inactive compared to those who are active." CDC.
Working out isn't just about physical gains; it's a powerhouse for your mind too. It can enhance cognitive function, improve memory, and even reduce the risk of dementia. So, if you're worried about becoming forgetful in your golden years, put on those sneakers!
Ever noticed how a brisk walk can clear your mind and give you a fresh perspective on things? That's exercise working its magic on your mental well-being.
When you exercise, you become more emotionally resilient because the body releases endorphins that reduce stress and anxiety. Those feel-good chemicals can also chase away the blues and boost your overall mood.
Exercise can also have an awesome effect on your self-esteem and confidence. It's not about fitting into a certain size; it's about feeling strong, capable, and proud of what your body can do.
This is something I really notice in my clients - they have more confidence now. They know their bodies well and they feel good showing up for themselves consistently. They have decided to make exercise a non-negotiable part of their routine, and the results have been incredible. Try a free workout with me.
Exercise is like a secret potion for a healthier, happier, and more youthful you. It's not about striving for perfection; it's about enjoying the wins and benefits along the way. Age can be just a number, and with regular exercise, you can get into your best shape yet!!
Clara Depont CPT, CYT
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Clara Depont is a certified personal trainer at www.claradepont.com where she trains women in their 50s and 60s. When she’s not writing blogs on how to stay vibrant, fit and happy she’s traveling in search of a forest or a sexy coastline. You can get to know her best through Weekly Emails, Instagram or Facebook. She is British and lives in New Mexico.
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