Anti aging guide

Managing Stress with Exercise



How to use exercises to manage stress in order to fight aging and live longer

As you already know, good nutrition alone is not sufficient to help us achieve good health. Regular exercise is also essential. Exercise helps us achieve a firm body, strong and supple muscles, agile joints and a sharp brain. It makes us look younger and healthier, feel better and balances the different hormones in the body.

If you are not completely convinced about the benefits of exercise, consider this: if you exercise moderately every day (brisk walking, dancing, swimming) and one day you suddenly put yourself under a lot of physical strain, your risk of suffering a heart attack is increased only twofold. If, on the other hand, you don’t exercise at all and then you put yourself under sudden physical strain, your risk of a heart attack is increased by a staggering hundredfold.

Exercise does not have to be performed at the gym only. You can get some benefits if you try to be active during your day. For example, doing housework enthusiastically for periods of 20 minutes or more, without breaks, should make your heart speed up to beneficial levels, maximizing the use of oxygen by the muscle.

Gardening, suited to your own circumstances, as energetic and continuous as possible, running or walking on the spot, weightlifting with books or tins of food and climbing up and down the stairs a few times, should all provide enough stamina to slow down the effects of aging.

Whatever your age, you need to exercise. For example, postmenopausal women who exercise regularly live longer than those who don’t exercise. An American study of over 40,000 women aged between 55 and 70 years showed that the risk of dying prematurely decreases according to the amount of exercise done.

Research also suggests that older people who live in nursing homes can experience a significant improvement in their mental and physical condition if they exercise regularly.

Many people who work hard and long hours claim they can’t find enough time to exercise, but even 5 or 10 minutes of brisk walking a day will make a lot of difference to your health. You owe it to yourself to allow a few minutes a day for a bit of exercise. Many people always asked their nutritionist for lifestyle advice and the conclusion is more or less the same every time: their main problem is lack of exercise. I believe that even the busiest businessman on Earth can find a few minutes a day for simple exercise.

If you don’t have much free time, the easiest way to start exercise is to go for brisk walks and then build up from there. Every day go a little further or a little faster. Then add more forms of exercise to your routine. The best are swimming and home or gym exercises.

Vigorous exercise stimulates the body to produce free radicals which, as you know, have no place in a healthy lifestyle. Accordingly, several trainers recommend taking antioxidants before and after exercising to help reduce this production of free radicals. An extra dose of vitamin E or a multi-antioxidant preparation should be enough.

Oriental Exercise Techniques

Apart from the usual exercises available, oriental exercise techniques are also very useful and should be used by everybody who wants to achieve long life. Here are three of these popular techniques: yoga, tai chi and chi kung. All three have particular benefits in the fight against the aging process.

  1. Yoga Exercise for Anti-Aging
  2. Tai Chi Exercise for Anti-Aging
  3. Qi Gong or Chi Kung for Healing Stress
  4. Benefits of Physical Exercise on Aging
Posted by Carol Hudgens