No matter your age, it’s important to just move. Movement gets your heart going, burns calories and has a significant positive impact on your ability to be mobile and flexible. It’s also critical to maintaining strength and flexibility throughout your entire life.
Babies need exercise for muscle development and strength, so that they can eventually learn to roll, sit, crawl and walk. Movement and touch, through massage, for example, can also help to promote calmness and promote restful sleep. Children’s brains need to make brain-muscle connections that allow them to enjoy activity and regular exercise and reduces the likelihood that they’ll be overweight. Movement can improve attention span, boost self-esteem and reduce anxiety.
In early adulthood, movement is critical for weight-control and movement has fitness benefits, boosts energy, increases confidence, maintains bone strength and helps develop a healthy heart and lungs. Sedentary existence – which largely starts here – is one that can very quickly get us into negative, lazy habits.
In middle age your body will have changed and so too does your exercise focus. It’s now about protecting bones and muscles, maintaining weight and flexibility. Your free time might be scarce, split between work and family, but physical movement is vital. Exercise helps to alleviate stress, provides more energy and makes you feel better about yourself.
In our senior years the psychological benefits of exercising are huge, keeping the mind active is very important, not to mention the feel-good endorphins that flow through the body. Exercise is often a social activity, helping those who live alone to maintain relationships and have fun. The impact on movement can’t be understated when it comes to maintaining flexibility and mobility, too.
So there you have it. No matter where you are in life, exercise, even a LITTLE bit of exercise, has BIG benefits. So move it. Exercise provides different benefits depending on where you are in the life cycle – assisting in both the development and protection of your body.