Our lives are hectic and stressful. We struggle to turn off our laptops and put down our cellphones. We’re consistently tempted by food and drink that undermines our nutritional needs. And we barely have time to decompress, let alone follow a dedicated daily exercise routine.
But exercise is important in living a healthy life. In fact, it’s one of the four pillars that makes up the Age Later philosophy. In Age Later, you will learn about the importance of exercise—activity both for your body and for your mind. All of this will enable you to take effective action to improve your health, which will make you look and feel younger.
Humans are by nature active mammals, yet modern humans, with some exceptions, move their bodies and limbs far less than they should. That means that as the years go on, our muscles and skeletons deteriorate: If we don’t use it, we lose it. Lack of exercise is a huge contributor to unnecessary early aging. In the U.S., 70 percent of the adult population is now overweight or obese. That’s a staggering number that has wide and profound consequences for the health and youthfulness of this generation.
As a result of the accumulation of damage from the environment, poor nutrition and lack of exercise, our cells degrade over time, and our bodies wilt. Modern life tends to push people toward unhealthy food, lack of exercise, exposure to environmental hazards, and high levels of stress and anxiety. You can clear all of those hurdles. All it takes is knowledge, awareness and a desire to design a lifestyle that meets your goals of looking younger and aging later.
Any type of exercise is beneficial to your body as long as it’s not strenuous. A lack of exercise leads to being overweight, complacent and, in some cases, obesity. Adding exercise to your daily routine—start off slow if you don’t exercise regularly—can make a drastic difference in how you feel physically and mentally. Anything from endurance training and running to stretching, Pilates and yoga to weight lifting counts.
Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygen supply to the muscles, internal organs and skin, all of which assists cell formation and health. It improves your sleep quality, which, in turn, enhances the condition of cells throughout your body. Exercise also protects against multiple diseases associated with aging.
Bottom line: If you don’t get enough physical exercise, you are more prone to illness—and you’ll age faster.