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Strength Training and Yoga—Two Valuable Exercise Components for Aging Americans

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  • According to recent statistics, the majority—79 percent—of American adults aged 18 and over are not meeting federal recommendations for physical activity for either aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise
  • Staying active becomes increasingly important as you get older, both for your physical and mental health. Weight-bearing exercise, like resistance or strength training is particularly beneficial, and also has brain-boosting side effects that can help you avoid age-related dementia
  • High-intensity interval-type training may also be of particular benefit for aging adults. Once you hit the age of 30, you enter what's called "somatopause," at which point your levels of HGH (human growth hormone) begin to drop off quite dramatically. This decline of HGH is part of what drives your aging process, so maintaining your HGH levels gets increasingly important with age
  • Low-impact forms of exercise such as yoga can be an important part of a comprehensive exercise program. Yoga is particularly useful for promoting flexibility, balance, and core muscle strength, and has been proven beneficial if you suffer with back pain. A recent study has also shown that regular yoga classes can help improve irregular heartbeat

By Dr. Mercola

Exercise is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle, and it can be a part of your life no matter what your age. In fact, staying active becomes increasingly important as you get older, both for your physical and mental health.

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