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Exercise: The Key To Staying Healthy

At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want nothing more than our clients to be in the best of health. One way we do this is to provide you with health insurance plans that best fit your needs, giving you access to the best care that will help you get back on the road to recovery. We treat each customer as an individual, and we work hard to make sure that we have found a plan that perfectly fits the needs of you and your family. With plans that feature insurance brand names you trust, Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates are here, first and foremost, to help our customers. For all your health insurance needs, be it Medicare, Medicaid or otherwise, contact us today and have us help you find the perfect plan.

Another way we hope to assist our clients is by providing you with helpful tips on staying healthy. As we’ve mentioned before in previous blogs, one of the keys to fighting off various illnesses and ailments is a good amount of exercise. A healthy body is a fit body, and the benefits of exercise are countless. In this blog, we will take a look at a handful of health benefits that regular exercise can have on you, and how easily you can incorporate exercise into your everyday routine.

Many seem to think that exercise exclusively refers to intense, strenuous workouts involving heavy-duty activities. This, however, is not the case, and it can be something as simple as walking, jogging, swimming, or everyday aerobics. With just a moderate amount of physical activity, aging adults can greatly feel the benefits of exercise. As we grow older, one of the main causes of fatigue as well as the loss of strength and stamina is simply a lack of physical activity. Think of it this way: when you sit for an extended amount of time, you feel less energized than you do when you’re out and about. Apply that to your life. If it’s been years since you’ve been regularly active, then that lack of energy can increase greatly, eventually affecting the way you feel on a day-to-day basis.

For those of you with heart issues, in addition to eating a healthy diet, exercise can greatly improve your overall cardiovascular health. For the improvement of overall cardiovascular health, The American Heart Association suggests at least a half hour of aerobic activity a day roughly five times a week. To lower blood pressure or cholesterol levels, they suggest 40 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity roughly three to four times a week. Coupling these with a healthy diet will certainly help you in having a healthy heart and a happier life.

Because of the increased blood flow that comes along with it, regular exercise can provide you with relief from things like arthritis, stiffness, and joint pain. Moderate weight training is an exercise that can help build muscle strength, which in turn will protect your joints, providing them with better support overall. Things like swimming, bike riding, and treadmills are also great for arthritis relief and are customizable in terms of intensity. Whether you wish to move quickly or at a more moderate pace, all of these activities will benefit your joints and lead to decreased pain.

We all have taken a fall or two in our time, but part of falling comes from a lack of strength. Our inability to hold ourselves up and the fatigue that comes with that is a byproduct of inactivity. Increasing our overall level of activity can not only make us more stable overall, but in making us more stable, it protects us from falling accidents. In addition to this, regular exercise also benefits bone health overall. In the same way that muscle responds to exercise, bone, too, is a living tissue that grows stronger with regular exercise. So not only does it make us more stable and less likely to fall, it also makes our bones stronger overall!

So there you go, just a few reasons as to how regular exercise can benefit our health and lives overall. At Marketplace Agency and Elder Care Associates, we want you to live a long and healthy life. For all your healthcare needs, contact us today!