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Exercise For Longevity

Exercise has many benefits to health in general, so it’s definitely an important contributor to the combination of Longevity with Youthfulness, or what can be referred to as ‘Youngevity’. It helps to keep our muscles and skeleton, as well as all structures of our body in good repair and form. It has potent stress reducing benefits, including enhancing of our immune system. This is important, as our immune system is basically the front line mechanism that keeps us healthy, and hence also greatly assists in preventing us from getting sick in the first instance.

Besides assisting with weight management, exercise also helps to enhance and maintain our other bodily systems function, such as our endocrine (hormonal), nervous, cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) and respiratory (lungs) systems.

Longevity Benefits

Besides the physical benefits to our body in general, exercise also assists to keep our mind strong, coherent and working well. There are many studies that support both the physiological (body) and psychological (mind) benefits of exercise.

Exercise is simply just movement of the body. It doesn’t have to be a formal and structured period of time, when, for example, we decide to go running for half an hour, or go to the gym for a weight training session. There’s certainly nothing wrong with doing that, but exercise doesn’t have to be exclusively thought of in that way.

Naturally Incorporate Physical Movement

Many of the longest lived people of the world, from varying cultures, actually don’t have any set ‘exercise’ times or anything like that. Instead, they naturally incorporate physical movement of their body into their everyday lifestyles. An example is walking, instead of driving the car. Another is sitting down, and then getting up off the floor many times per day, as they sit on the floor, rather than in chairs. Yet another example is walking up stairs, instead of taking the elevator or escalator, or again, walking, instead of using the travelator.

Besides incorporating physical movement of our body as much as we can into our everyday lifestyle, we may also choose to partake in dedicated ‘exercise’ periods. So what sort of exercise is best for us?

Do What Feels Right For You

When deciding on what type of exercise might be best for us, like anything, it’s always highly recommended that we do what ‘feels’ right for us, or what ‘resonates’ with us, and what we enjoy doing. This is usually the best indication of what will serve us well. It’s important to note that the ‘enjoyment’ factor alone has many psychological and therefore physiological impacts and benefits for us.

Whatever we end up doing, it’s imperative that we do it because we really want to do it for ourselves, and to help improve ourselves and our health, and not for someone else, or just because someone else does it, or has recommended it. We need to empower ourselves and think for ourselves and choose what best suits us, not someone else.

Low Or High Impact Exercise

Exercise can be low impact or higher impact. Lower impact exercise is usually less stressful on our joints and body as a whole. Higher impact exercise often puts greater stress and strain on our bodies.

Examples of lower impact exercises are walking, swimming or bike riding.

Some higher impact exercises are jogging / running, skiing, and many team sports.

When beginning any new type of exercise program, it can also be very useful to us to make sure that we are actually ready to start, and also to start slow and build up gradually. This will allow our mind and body to adapt to the new ‘stresses’ of the exercise.

So, good luck with whatever you end up doing.

Happy exercising!

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