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5 Simple Anti-Ageing Exercise Tips

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Exercise has many positive effects on your body, and one of them is that it can keep you looking and feeling younger. Here are some exercise tips that will help you prevent the decline that is often associated with ageing.

1) Keep Meeting the Physical Activity Guidelines

Many people believe that as you get older, you should slow down and exert yourself less. However, failing to stay active will only cause some of the negative symptoms that are typically associated with ageing, such as weakness and loss of balance. Maintaining a good exercise regime as you age will help you stay strong and agile, keeping you feeling younger!

2) Engage in Plenty of Aerobic Activity

Aerobic activity improves mitochondrial function (the work of energy-producing organelles in cells) which typically decreases with age. To minimise this decline try to get at least the recommended 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week. This can include running, fast walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and various sports.

3) Practice Squatting the Right Way

If done correctly, squats are good for strengthening ageing knees. There are many incidences where you’ll need to squat outside of your exercise regime – when you’re picking up your grocery bags, for example – so it’s important to learn to do it correctly so you’ll help your joints rather than harming them. Women should squat with their toes turned slightly outwards, as this allows your femur to line up properly in the hip joint. Men have a different hip structure and should squat with their toes forward.

4) Engage Your Brain as Well as Your Body

Exercise can help to prevent negative effects of ageing on the brain as well as the body – especially if you choose activities which engage both! Sports such as tennis and racquetball can help to keep your reaction times quick, while activities such as learning choreography and dancing can help with memory.

5) Engage Both Sides of Your Brain with One Another

The connection between the right and left hemispheres of your brain deteriorates as you age, which causes them to have trouble communicating with one another. However, you can somewhat combat this decline with physical activity. Simply include some movements where you cross your legs and arms over the midline of your body – this forces the two sides of your brain to communicate, strengthening the connection between them.

Regular exercise is important no matter what your age, as it plays a crucial role in keeping you healthy. Taking these tips on board will keep you feeling your best, help you avoid illness and will also allow you to reap some additional anti-ageing benefits!

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