Many of us never really think about the health consequences of our lifestyle. When we are young, it is so easy to believe that we can live forever and do whatever we want. Unfortunately, all those unhealthy practices that we have when we were younger take a toll on our health and we move into the later years of our lives.
Today over half of the people over the age of 85 in the U.S. experience some form of dementia with the rates of Alzheimer’s climbing steadily. Many people ordinarily assume that it is even a natural part to aging and growing old, accepting that mental deterioration is inevitable. One hundred years ago tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the U.S. and at that time was considered to be a natural outcome of “growing old”.
When Judith Salerno, the deputy director of the National Institute on Aging, ran her first half-marathon at the age of 50 after exercising with her personal trainer, 77-year old Dixon Hemphill, she showed once and for all you can stay physically fit well past 40. In fact, a combination of diet and regular exercise is considered essential for healthy aging as it combats many of the widespread problems of passive lifestyle. In this article, you will learn the three reasons why strength exercise is so important for healthy aging.