As the years go by, it often becomes easier and easier to justify not taking care of yourself. As family and work life becomes more and more demanding, exercise and eating well drops lower and lower on the list of priorities to attend to, and it becomes harder and harder to justify leaving the “more important priorities” to dedicating time to exercise. The truth is, staying active throughout your entire life is one of the most important and powerful ways to remain healthy and live long enough to meet your grandkids. We all know we can’t live forever, but we can at least live well.
Maintaining general fitness is important for both men and women. For men as they age, making an effort to maintain general fitness is crucial to a long life, to maintaining your body’s mobility, to help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s, and more. Here’s what recent research has told us about the impact of fitness on men’s health:
Regular exercise reduces the likelihood of developing arthritis, and arthritis-related disabilities. Whether or not you have arthritis, not exercising can increase your risk and make consequences of the disease worse.
Men ages 65 and older who exercise have a lower risk risk of losing mobility throughout their bodies than those who don’t.
The higher fitness level, the lower your risk of brain function decline as you age.
According to an article by WebMD, working out for as little as 15 minutes a day can reduce your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s by 40 percent.
Regular exercise keeps your heart and lungs working efficiently.
As men age, their cholesterol numbers begin to move. Levels of bad cholesterol gradually increase, and levels of good cholesterol gradually decrease. The combination of “good” and “bad” cholesterol is one of the leading risk factors of heart disease. Regular exercise is a great way to keep that good cholesterol up, and significantly reduce your risk of heart disease.
Heart disease is associated with triglycerides, a form of fat found in the blood. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce triglyceride levels in men.
Regular exercise reduces levels of C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation. Cholesterol-laden plaques on the lining of the arteries are most likely to break off and cause heart attacks when they become inflamed. Men with high fitness levels have lower levels of C-reactive protein, as well as other markers of inflammation.
As we age, thinning bones become a common occurrence. Less bone density increases your risk of fractures, and regular exercise helps to maintain your bone density and reduce the risk of breaking bones or succumbing to other injuries.
Among other reasons, a lifetime of regular exercise, even simple exercise like walking for 30 minutes a day, helps to maintain your physique, and prevent weight gain.
As we get older, the importance of maintaining a general fitness level becomes more and more pressing. At Punch Fit, we know you love to sweat and physically feel like the boss that you are.
With us, you get structured guidance when it comes to workouts and nutrition, so that you can establish healthy habits now and stay healthy throughout your life.
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