Growing old is tough, wanting to exercise and be healthy sometimes, is even tougher.

As we get older, our social circles tend to become smaller. This leaves many seniors at risk of loneliness and social isolation, which can negatively impact their physical and mental health.

In order for us to be physically healthy first, first we need to understand WHY:

Exercising sends oxygen and nutrients to our tissues and helps our cardiovascular system work more efficiently

When your heart and lung health improve, you will find that tackling household chores are less strenuous.

As one ages, our muscle starts to lose its size and strength.

This would mean that the same muscle that was used for running, cycling and walking when we were young are shrinking and loses its strength.

Hence, we need to continue to build muscle mass so it can still function like before, to carry our own weight, to be able to walk and be independent.

What does a pair of healthy lungs help us with? As you become fitter, your body gets better at transporting oxygen to working muscles via the bloodstream. This then means, we have healthier cells that help with healing of wounds, new skin and generally a healthier body overall.

Exercise contributes to heart health by building lean muscle mass, which helps to burn extra calories, keep blood sugar in check and improve cholesterol levels.

More importantly, it reduces coronary heart disease risk factors like heart attack or stroke

Consistent exercise can lead to better sleep, which can help you manage your mood.

Exercise can also enhance your sense of control, coping ability, and self-esteem.

If you are feeling demotivated and need someone to help, why not pick a club, join a group and get started. 

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