|Exercise and eating a low fat diet high in protein is what a body needs as we age.|
Though the number is small, more people understand that being pro-active in their healthcare will not only give them the ability to possibly cut down on future healthcare costs but, allow them to lead a much higher quality of life.
By not only taking care of our physical bodies do we feel better, look better and perform physically at a much higher level.
Also we now know that physical activity is also good for our mental outlook on life. By feeling good and looking good for instance, our self esteem increases along with our confidence levels.
Exercise that is strenuous enough, starts a cascade of hormones that promote a feeling of relaxation, well-being, stimulates muscle growth and, of course helps us sleep much better at night too.
Endorphin's for instance is just one hormone that gives you that peaceful feeling after strenuous exercise. There are a host of others like the increase in the production of growth hormone and testosterone just to name a couple.
This is all proven science and written about ad nauseam on the internet.
The idea here is that when you work the body in a committed strenuous exercise program with consistency, you are also training your mind an increasing it fitness as well.
Whether its through improving blood flow to the brain or increasing our feeling of well-being, our minds benefit from exercise as well.
Its been said and reported that some of the best medicine that can be prescribed for depression may be a obtaining a gym membership and using it!
However you shake it out, the mind and body are strongly connected in everything you do. If you plan on living a healthy and more fulfilling life as you age, get going in developing a strength and cardiovascular exercise program now.
Richard Haynes PTA, CPT
Total Joint Fitness LLC