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How Does Exercise Help Your Body? 4 Practical Health Boosts Explained

How Does Exercise Help Your Body? 4 Practical Health Boosts Explained

We all know exercise is important, and that staying active later in life is key to a healthy body. But how does exercise benefit you, and what’s the science behind the boosts?

We’ve rounded up some surprising stats on the health benefits of exercise and the dangers of disuse. Adding some functional training to your everyday routine can do wonders for your quality of life, keeping your body looking and feeling youthful.

Did you know that functional training…

Strengthens your bones

Bones tend to weaken with age, but functional training uses weight-bearing exercises to slow down bone density loss. 

1%: Amount of bone density the average person loses each year after age 35

By loading your bones with weight, you increase muscle mass, which is proven to directly increase bone cell growth and prevent osteoporosis and fractures.

Sharpens your nervous system

Your nervous system and brain function inevitably decline with age, which impairs your ability to sense your body’s movement and position in space (known as proprioception). 

3.4 million: number of people over 65 who suffer from a fall in the UK each year

Functional training focuses on movements that build a strong connection between your brain and body. This improves your proprioception and increases your reaction time, meaning safer and more agile movement.

Extends your lifespan

Study after study has shown that a sedentary lifestyle can have devastating effects on individual health, including a shortened life span. 

7 minutes: Length of time your life is extended by every minute of exercise after age 39

Functional training helps rebuild and re-energize weakened muscles and joints, strengthens the heart and lungs, and improves and extends your life. The benefit may level off as you age, but when you give a little, you always gain a little. It’s never too late to start, so get moving! 

To discover more about functional training, the health benefits of exercise and for practical exercises into later life, pick up Stay Fit For Life.

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