In today’s blog entry I want to talk to you about physical exercise and its relationship with longevity.
Performing physical exercise on a regular basis throughout our lives has protective effects against both physical and psychological illness.
Our immune system is an excellent indicator of the individual’s health status and therefore is a good predictor of longevity.
It is interesting to practice exercise from childhood, youth, maturity and in the older stage. In this way we will optimally maintain our bodily functions, promoting qualitatively superior aging and the possibility of living longer.
If the practice of exercise is also carried out in the period of involution, a higher quality aging will be achieved, that is, with a better quality of life.
In aging according to statistics, the most common pathologies are: High blood pressure, Heart disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Rheumatism, Osteoporosis.
All these diseases are related to our lifestyle and can be prevented and even managed by intervening from physical activity. 85% of older people suffer from some type of pathology.
Performing physical activity in the older stage supposes a satisfaction when feeling busy and doing some useful activity. Performing activity at this age in a regular and structured manner affects three areas of our body: the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system and the psychological area.
- In the musculoskeletal system, it prevents muscle atrophy, favoring joint mobility.
- In the cardiovascular system, it increases cardiocirculatory and respiratory capacity, increasing blood flow and metabolism.
- In the psychological area, it keeps us useful and busy, increases oxygenation of the brain, producing endorphins.
In this way, through physical activity, we facilitate a higher quality of aging, reduce the risk of premature death and increase life expectancy.
Check out this video to help you understand better what happens to your body when you exercise and work out.
Let’s not forget that with the practice of physical exercise the need to consume drugs is reduced.
It is important to create adherence, that is, that the activity we do is to our liking and has fun.
To finish, I would like to tell you that the organizations and the protocols indicate that the minimum activity that adults and the elderly must carry out is 150 minutes a week. This physical activity should be moderate to vigorous. While the little ones and schoolchildren should do 60 minutes of vigorous activity daily.