As our age advances, the human body undergoes a variety of changes that affect the performance of the individual physically, mentally and emotionally. This effect— associated with lack of regular exercise or physical activity— hastens the process, thereby increasing the effects of aging.
It has been shown that regular health fitness training exercises in older people increases muscle strength and improves their coordination, endurance and flexibility.1 The ability to balance begins to decline as age progresses, increasing the risk of falls and injury. Consequently, suitable exercises have been advised on a regular basis to improve the ability of the individual to balance and prevent accidental falls. These health fitness exercises effectively enhance the balance function and coordination of hand and leg movements in order to prevent falls.2
Regular health fitness exercise also appears to have a positive effect on tissues of the body. It enhances various mechanisms, which help in improving the performance of various cells and tissues in the body. These normally tend to slow down owing to increased age.3
Regular health fitness exercises also seem to decrease the incidence of a wide range of diseases such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, rheumatic arthritis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson diseases, and certain cancers. It also improves the functioning of various organs such as the heart, brain, kidneys and liver, which are normally affected as aging progresses.
Begin an exercise program today because proper health fitness exercise, when performed on a regular basis, helps to tune these organs based on the needs of the aging individual and decrease the incidence of numerous disorders.4
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- Wong AM, Lan C. Tai Chi and Balance Control. Med Sport Sci. 2008; 52: 115–123.
- Goto S, Naito H, Kaneko T, Chung HY, Radák Z. Hormetic Effects of Regular Exercise in Aging: Correlation with Oxidative Stress.
- Radak Z, Chung HY, Goto S. Systemic Adaptation to Oxidative Challenge Induced by Regular Exercise. Free Radic Biol Med. 2008; 44(2): 153–159.