Getting to the gym or lacing up those running shoes can be hard. But what’s even harder is dealing with health complications and depression as you get older.
Working out is critical for everyone, at every age. Your workouts may look different, but the benefits to your body and mind are the same.
Need a reason to workout? Here are seven:
- prevent heart disease and high blood pressure
- lower your risk for stroke, osteoporosis, colon cancer and diabetes
- improve your sleep
- increase your energy
- decrease some kinds of pain
- boost your immune system
- help with weight management
Exercise matters for your mood, too.
It is said that it:
- decreases stress, anger, and tension
- reduces anxiety and depression
- offers a greater sense of well-being
- relieves pent-up muscle tension
- stimulates feel-good hormones
- burns off stress hormones
- increases blood flow to the brain
Need another reason?
Do you want to feel strong, able, and self-sufficient as you get older? Do you want to take care of your family and spend as many years as possible with them? Do you want the freedom to go where and do what you want?
Then continue to workout and keep your body strong and healthy. It’s not about being the strongest, it’s about being the healthiest version of yourself.