There’s no denying the inevitable health changes that occur as we age. No matter your phase of life, growing older is something we all experience. However, that doesn’t mean we are powerless in the process. So, what is really happening to our health as we age and how can we make the most of it?
As we get older the blood vessels and arteries begin to stiffen forcing your heart to work harder to pump blood through them. Although your heart muscles change to adjust, your heart rate at rest will stay about the same and only elevate slightly during activities. These changes increase the risk of high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems.
As we age bones tend to shrink in size and density, weakening them and making them more susceptible to fracture. Muscles also lose strength, endurance, and flexibility. Each of these factors can effect your coordination, stability, and balance.
The body’s ability to burn calories slows down as you age. In other words, if you decrease physical activity but continue to eat the same, you’ll gain weight.
Your brain changes as you age that may influence your memory and thinking, such as forgetting names and/or having a harder time multitasking.
To sum up, maintaining a regular exercise routine, heart-healthy diet, and choosing the right lifestyle habits can help prevent negative effects that may be associated with aging, such as heart disease, bone density loss, weight gain, and memory loss. For guidance on the specific exercises and diet that are right for you set up your free consultation with one of our experienced personal trainers today.