6 Exercises to Slow the Effects of Aging

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It isn’t a mystery that exercise is good for you – it helps manage weight, improves muscle strength and even lifts your spirits. It can also add years to your life. By evaluating your current lifestyle and adding a few of these exercises to your routine, you can delay the effects of the inevitable aging process on both your mind and your body.

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Try Tai Chi: This ancient form of marital arts has proven to be an excellent source of exercise with anti-aging effects. This is because Tai Chi implements low-impact movements that put less pressure on joints and muscles than other workouts, and improves balance, which becomes important as you age. Similar to yoga, Tai Chi emphasizes focusing on your mind, which can relieve stress and help with sleep, both of which can make you look and feel younger.

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Yoga to Stay Young: Some may group Tai Chi and yoga together, since the aim of both is to balance the body. Yoga has become a popular form of exercise in today’s culture, and is especially attractive to those who suffer from joint pain and stiffness. The benefits of meditation through yoga can relieve stress and lift the spirit, allowing you to feel young and refreshed in mind and body.

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Keep Calm and Jog On: If joint pain in your hips or knees doesn’t prohibit it, studies show that a frequent jog can help aging individuals maintain fitness despite aging muscles. Jogging is the gray area between walking and running, meant to be a light, painless exercise. If you’re new to jogging, make sure you speak with your doctor to make sure this is a realistic option. Then invest in a good pair of running shoes from a store that can fit your foot. You’ll want to avoid eating right before a jog and make sure to warm up and cool down from each jog by stretching and walking briskly. If you can only jog for ten minutes at a time at first, be patient with yourself and don’t overdo. You can always build up more endurance as time goes on.

Walking Works

Walking Works: If jogging isn’t for you, walking is a good alternative. This gentle, low-impact exercise addresses many of the health risks that come with aging. Health experts claim that just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day can add up to seven years to your life. Studies show that walking specifically helps improve aerobic capacity, physical function and disability risk.

Willing to Use Weights

Willing to Use Weights: As long as your physician approves weight lifting for you, this can be a useful tool in the quest for anti-aging. Weight lifting has been proven to:

  • Fight fat
  • Reduce the effects of osteoporosis
  • Lower the risk of diabetes
  • Improve heart health
  • Prevent back pain
  • Improve balance

Whether you do movements using just your body weight for resistance or venture into a gym setting for resistance machines and free weights, you can feel a good burn in your muscles.

Dive In

Dive In: Swimming is said to be the best low impact activity that burns calories, builds muscles and still prevents pressure on joints and muscles. This is why it is highly recommended as an anti-aging exercise. Swimming improves heart health, lowers your blood pressure, improves circulation throughout the body and increases flexibility. This is an ideal workout for anyone, as it presents little risk of injury and is low impact.

If you’re new to exercise, always seek a doctor’s advice before starting a routine to prevent injury. Make sure to start slow, at your ability level, to avoid injury or exercise burnout. You can set yourself up for success by setting simple goals in the beginning, varying your routine so you don’t tire of one type of activity and taking missed days in stride. Each next step in your fitness level is a good step.