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Is physical fitness important for me as I age?

Physical fitness is important at any age, however it is extremely important as we age. Ever heard the phrase "Use it or loose it", that is what will happen to our bodies. The blood supply is sent where it is most needed, if you are inactive, the majority of your blood supply will be sent to your internal organs, so there will be a lack of circulation in your feet, legs and hands. That is why it is so important to be active, it is a quality of life issue. Walk, run, resistance train, but keep that blood pumping to your extremeties for muscle growth and increased circulation and oxyen.

Shayne Adair
Fitness
Physical fitness is very important no matter what your age.  As we age what we are looking for in fitness is different.  When we are younger we are often looking for sports performance or aesthetic results from our exercise.  As we age we are often looking to maintain abilities and prevent lifestyle related diseases.

The training principles are generally the same throughout life - do some cardio, some strength and some stretching.  It is the intensity and outcome that tends to change.  As you age, as in any time in your life, you will begin to see changes from your fitness program in a relatively short amount of time.

By practicing balance and increasing leg strength you can help prevent a potentially devastating fall.  By participating in cardiovascular endurance exercise you can keep your endurance up to participate fully in life.  And gentle stretching and range of motion exercises can help reduce the pain associated with arthritis.

It is never too late to start becoming healthier and fitter.

Yes! Physical fitness is extremely important to maintaining function and independence as we grow older. Without adequate physical fitness the human body will change as we age; bones become brittle, balance and proprioception decreases, muscle strength and endurance declines, tendons and muscles shorten and become less elastic, the heart and lungs lose their ability to efficiently pump blood and transfer oxygen and the list goes on. As these changes take place, it becomes more and more difficult to complete activities of daily living. This loss of function results in greater dependency on others which can in turn bring about unhappiness and depression. In addition, as we age we are more susceptible to disease and health problems. The great news is that with adequate physical fitness, (30 minutes of moderate activity at least 5 days a week) we can combat these changes and keep the body and mind functioning at healthier, more efficient levels. It is important that the physical fitness activities are as well rounded as possible, meaning they should focus on all 5 components of fitness:
1. Cardiorespiratory Fitness (lung and heart health)
2. Muscle Strength (how much tension a muscle can produce)
3. Muscle Endurance (the duration of time a muscle tension can be produced)
4. Flexibility (maintaining range of motion)
5. Body Composition (lean mass vs fat mass)
The great news is that the body will respond and show improvement to physical fitness no matter what age you start, so it’s never too late!

Physical fitness is extremely important as you age. Unfortunately, aging has become synonymous with degeneration and loss of functional ability in older adults, which is a mistake. Many of the ill effects oftentimes associated with aging can be slowed or even reversed by maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. Staying active and physically fit is vitally important for your health and wellness as well as your ability to engage in normal activities of daily living. Moreover, maintaining physical fitness can help you prevent a multitude of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and osteoporosis as well as limit aches and pains associated with inactivity, such as low-back pain.

Physical fitness is important at any age, but its benefits can be even more noticeable as you get older. Everyday I see senior citizens in the gym who have continued to exercise regularly and it is exciting to talk with them, see their energy, and the fact that they are NOT frail or overweight like other seniors their age. Numerous studies have shown that exercise really gives you the gift of a longer life. In addition, it enables you to live a more fulfilling and productive life, since physical fitness can prevent life altering diseases like diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. There are also numerous studies indicating exercise can prevent osteoporosis and help relieve pain caused by arthritis.

Physical fitness is important for an individual as one ages because as the body gets older some physical factors decrease like muscle tissue, bone density etc, which help one to stay lean, strong, and healthy. The incorporation of physical fitness will be important to limit decrease in strength, and muscle tissue by utilizing resistance training and challenging the body through exercise.     

A huge misconception is that age has to be associated with slowing down, lower bone density, loss of muscle mass or the many other ailments that are age related. I cannot guarantee that exercising will add years to your life but it can add quality to those years. As usual social conditioning and traditional beliefs are bogus. No matter what age you are, safe, effective and appropriate exercise will be vital to adding quality to your health and vigor to your life for years to come.

Exercise along with proper nutrition, has been proven to battle heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke and diabetes. Exercise helps to lower blood pressure, reduce body fat, raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL). It improves blood flow and helps keeps the digestive system healthy and "moving things along."

Being physically fit is great for the body and great for the mind as well. Studies show exercise helps keep you motivated and engaged while releasing endorphins that have positive effects against anxiety and depression.

While it’s true exercise won’t turn back the clock; time can be your friend if you spend it engaged in appropriate physical fitness activities.

Enjoy!

 

Physical fitness is without question one of the greatest concerns in today's society.  In a time of computers, cars, and technological advances--it seems we have a machine for almost any activity.  Technology is great, we all enjoy the benefits on a daily basis but the obvious downside is that it is one of the greatest contributing factors to a sluggish, lethargic lifestyle.  Your body follows the old principle that 'If you don't use it-you lose it', so no matter what your age it is very important to maintain a physically active lifestyle.  The human body can very easily lose strength and mobility through inactivity.

Physical fitness is especially important as you age.  Being physically fit will help you maintain your independence well into your golden years.  Being physically fit as you age will allow you to continue to perform everyday activities that we take for granted when we are young such as: climbing stairs, maintaining our balance, twisting and turning, and open and closing jars.

Physical fitness is very important as anyone ages.  Our fitness tends to fit the old addage "Use it or lose it".  The more active we are and the more we regularly engage in activities we enjoy, the longer we will be able to continue those activities.

Physical fitness will tend to keep away some your aches and pains.  It will help to keep your balance, thereby reducing your chance of a fall.  Strength is also very important to keep up as we age.  We need to be able to be strong enough to get in and out of chairs, cars, bed and even on and off the toilet.  So functional exercises such as squats are very helpful to keep us healthy and living our best quality of life for as long as we need it.  Even making sure we keep our full range of motion can be important part of physical fitness.  We need good hip extention so we don't shuffle when we walk and we need to be able to reach overhead to get items out of the cupboards.  The less we use our physical abilities the more fitness we lose as we age.  So use it up, stay active and healthy as long as you can.  Regardless if it actually extends your life, you will always want the best quality of life.

Extremely important.  As you age you will lose muscle mass and bone density.  To slow down that process you need to continue to strength train and exercise.  It is also harder to keep the weight off as you age so if you do not work out you are more likely to gain weight.
Brian Waldo
Fitness

Absolutley!  Exercise is medicine.  In fact, it is probably the most important medicine you will ever use on a regular basis.  Aside from eating well, exercise is the best thing you can do to delay or manage a multitude of conditions associated with aging.  A well rounded program including regular aerobic conditioning, strength training, flexibility training will assist you in maintaining a healthy heart as well as muscles, bones, tendons, joints etc.  As we age we have hormonal and biochemical changes that are not always in our control.  Regular visits to your physician will help manage that as much as science allows.  However, it is well known that this process is slowed down considerably in those that exercise a minimum of 3 days per week or more.  So, put on your gym shoes and get going!

Absolutely!  Over time your heart becomes less efficient working harder to pump the same amount of blood through your body, you lose muscle and flexibilty and your bones will shrink.  Resistance training and cardio with  good nutrition  will help promote better heart health as you age.   Benifits include decreased chances of hypertention, coronary artery disease, decreased cholesterol levels, matinance of lean body mass and bone density.  Your body is your vehicle in life, you must eat right and exercise if you want to go the distance

Fitness as you age is incredibly important.  Fitness will prevent those aging diseases that come on.  For instance, osteo-arthritis, if you move and walk, then your joints don't degrade because they are being used.  Lack of use causes the joints to degrade.  Exercise also helps with mental acuity.  The more you move, the more your brain gets the nutrients and oxygen it needs to stay sharp.

Absolutely

As you get older your body deteriorates. It is the natural progression of life.  But our job is to maintain our bodies for peak performance at all stages of life.  It is not easy there are obsicles; age, work and family but understand that is is improtant that you get at lease 30 minute of exercise daily.  Depending on your level of experience you can go up to an hour.  At minimum workout at least 3 days a week for maintenance. 

Your muscles need to constantly worked, and of course rested afterward.  Inactivity simply brings us closer to a quicker death.  Please consult a physician before starting any fitness program.

Roy Miner
Fitness
Physical fitness is just as important as we age as it is when we are younger. Keeping the joints and muscles moving will help in keeping your body from experiencing joint and muscle injuries. Keeping them from becoming a problem as we get older. As we age, lower impact exercising might be recommended. But the key for living a healthy life is to continue moving as much as we can. The more you move, the better you will feel and the move energy you will have in your daily chores.
As we age we will lose muscle, flexibility and endurance if we don't do something to stop these changes from happening. The best way to prevent these things from happening is move more and eat better.

In a word…yes! Physical fitness is so important in every stage of your life especially as you age. If you don’t use it, you lose it! As you age, you lose 3% -5% of your muscle mass per decade and this increases to 1%-2% per year after the age of 50 according to the following article:

http://www.medicinenet.com/senior_exercise/article.htm

The same rule applies to anything you don’t challenge through physical fitness, like cardiovascular endurance, agility, balance, flexibility and bone density. Here is a small list of what you can reduce your risk of by continuing to exercise: heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. Exercise also reduces falls among older adults, can help relieve arthritis pains, can reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression and can lead to fewer hospitalizations, physician visits and medications according to the following article:

http://www.medicinenet.com/exercise_and_activity/article.htm#tocb

 

The case for continuing to exercise as you age is staggering!

Brian Floyd
Fitness
Physical Fitness is very important as we age. As we grow older our lives get busier which results in more sedentary activity. So flexibility, balance and core strength goes out the window along with our energy and motivation.  This is because we spend most of our time behind a desk or behind the wheel driving the kids to their extra curricular activitiy. Therefore there is  less and less time in the day that is schedule for us to work on ourselves. This lack of activity leads to incorrect posture, balance problems, injury  and possible weight gain.  All of this can be preventive by participating in physical fitness activities.  
It is important. You need to keep moving. Cardiovascular training keeps you heart and lungs strong. Resistance training keeps your muscles and bones strong for doing everyday chores. And last but not least, flexibility training keeps you loose and moving gracefully.

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