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…
Bones tend to weaken with age, but functional training uses weight-bearing exercises to slow down bone-density loss.
By loading your bones with weight, you increase muscle mass, which is proven to directly increase bone cell growth and prevent osteoporosis and fractures.
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).
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.
Study after study has shown that a sedentary lifestyle can have devastating effects on individual health, including a shortened life span.
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!
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