A very interesting article appeared in the Guardian online on Jan 13th listing the immense and varied benefits of exercise. As we have reported many times..
A very interesting article appeared in the Guardian online on Jan 13th listing the immense and varied benefits of exercise. As we have reported many timesthe benefits of exercise are not confined just to fitness, but extend into the realm of prevention - "from heart attacks to diabetes, some forms of cancer and dementia".
One point of particular interest to SGSC was the reporting of these benefits in relation to strength training, and in particular the effect on people who fall into the Silver Grey realm.
"Strength training has also been shown to help ward off diabetes, arthritis and depression. Resistance training is important for the elderly because it helps to maintain muscle mass.
With the ageing population, one of the big concerns is people getting frail, says Timmons, who is studying weight training with elderly people.
"At 60, you don't tend to die of frailty. If you keep going to 80 then you tend to have weak muscles and bones," he says. "If you fall, lose your balance, fracture – that's very much what drives poor quality of life and mortality.""
Unfortunately there was no reference to who Timmons is and where the work is taking place. An email to the article's author might be in order. The article goes on to comment on many of the various forms of exercise that one might get involved in, and also mentions the benefits for women in helping to ward off osteoporosis, as written about here by Professor Pat Woo.
So, when a mainstream news outlet is running a piece like this you can see that exercise is not just for "gym bunnies" and "sports nuts" it's for everyone, particularly for those who are lucky enough to get older and who want to maintain a quality of life. I don't think it's an overstatement to say that it really is as fundamental as eating!