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How To Fight Ageing with Fitness

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How To Fight Ageing with Fitness

Ageing happens to us all, no matter how much you work towards staying young. What you can do, however, is help your body age gracefully whilst remaining fit.

Muscle loss can begin as early as 20 years old! This means by the time you turn 50, you can have lost 35% of your muscle mass. Losing muscle also means your metabolism slows down, so your ability to burn calories efficiently decrease as you age.

Muscle loss can begin as early as 20 years old! This means by the time you turn 50, you can have lost 35% of your muscle mass. Losing muscle also means your metabolism slows down, so your ability to burn calories efficiently decrease as you age.

Don’t worry though, these effects can be easily combated by focusing on your fitness.

Repair Damage

Annoyingly, as you get older, your body needs more time to repair any damage. This means you need to properly rest your muscles after putting them through an intense working. Active adults need a minimum of 7 hours sleep to efficiently recover from the day. Even if you don’t feel like you need it, there’s no harm in having an extra hour.

Strengthen Bones

Despite the constant warnings to avoid high impact exercises, they can be helpful in strengthening your bones. Small stresses to the bone create microscopic damages that, when healed, strengthen the bone. This is best used as a preventative method as taking part in high impact exercises on already weakened bones can cause more harm than good.

Stretch, stretch, stretch!

Muscle tightness can reduce your range of movements, making moving about in everyday life a struggle. Gradually introduce stretching into your weekly plans, either through yoga, foam rolling, or simple stretching.

Improve Balance

As you age, the effects of taking a fall increase. Weaker bones and limited movements cause falls to be a major cause of death for the elderly. As the muscle around your core weakens, your ability to stay balanced struggles and you are more likely to take a fall. To combat this, practise simple balancing movements, such as standing on one foot or cycling.

 

Posted on 11th June 2017

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