There’s a country song called “I’m gonna live forever”. For those of you who don’t listen to country, try the Fame song… you get the point. Though you may or may not be able to do that – the jury’s still out there in my opinion – the good news is that you can add years to your life if you get off the couch and break a sweat. There’s a gamut of evidence already showing that fitter people live longer. And now, an article published in Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, confirms the link between exercise and longevity.
How does Beaufort health and fitness activity increase your life span?
It’s actually quite simple according to Beaufort personal trainers or Beaufort health and fitness experts. Regular exercise, especially when combined with a healthy diet, helps prevent heart disease and cancer – two leading causes of death in the United States, as well as obesity, diabetes, and other medical conditions that can cause premature death.
Of course, it’s not just a matter of having a longer life, but a better one too. We should focus on the quality of life, not just the length of it. Beaufort health and fitness exercises will make you healthier, stronger, and fitter – physically, mentally and emotionally, so you can continue to be active and enjoy those extra years to the fullest.
Besides preventing cardiovascular disease and certain forms of cancer, as well as helping us lose weight, exercise also provides other significant benefits. To improve your overall health and quality of life. At EarthFIT, we suggest including these workouts into your regular program:
- Strength training: As we age, our muscle mass declines (defined as sarcopenia) and our body becomes weaker. From the age of 30 most of us begin losing muscle mass and that mass declines at a faster rate past the age of 50. However, strength training will not only build up muscle mass and keep the body strong, but also help prevent bone density loss that occurs in osteoporosis and osteopenia. Many of our clients at EarthFIT do our Beaufort health and fitness programs and have seen tremendous results such as increased bouts of strength in their everyday lives.
- Vigorous and brisk activity, such as interval training, not only does it strengthen your heart and speed up your metabolism so you continue to burn fat and calories hours after your workout is over, but it also increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the brain and encourages the formation of new brain cells. This process reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other mental conditions that diminish our cognitive abilities as we age, like dementia.
- Balance and flexibility exercises will improve your stability and coordination, keeping you from falling down and sustaining serious injuries – a big issue among older people. Beaufort personal trainers at EarthFIT contend that it will also increase your range of motion, decrease muscular tension, and strengthen your joints, tendons and ligaments – all of which will go a long way in preventing or relieving the pain and discomfort of arthritis.
Ian Hart is a Body-Mind Transformation expert, the creator of EarthFIT Training Systems, co-creator of BACK PAIN RELIEF4LIFE, and founder of BEAUFORTPERSONALTRAINING.COM and MYBACKPAINCOACH.COM. Ian and his team help people get into optimal shape in the safest, fastest and most effective way possible, using cutting edge science.