Believe it or not, regular physical activity can improve your sex life, decrease your cancer risk, make your skin glow and more. Over the years, studies have found that staying active can boost mind function and energy, decreasing the risk of dementia.
Whether you're already fit or looking for a little extra motivation, check out 10 additional reasons to get moving! Physical activity "improve[s] cognitive function in healthy elderly persons, and potentially reduce[s] the risk of developing cognitive impairment," according to the Alzheimer's Association. Fitness, especially load-bearing exercise, is important for bone health, according to certified personal trainer Leigh Crews.
Dance classes particularly, which require learning skills like memory and concentration, are especially helpful for individuals with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. "Exercise can be one of the most important things you can do to prevent osteoporosis, protect yourself from falls and help maintain bone mass," she says. The Harvard School of Public Health found that just 20 minutes of regular exercise a day can improve sexual response in women.
According to The University of Arizona, strengthening exercises like weight-lifting, jogging, hiking, stair climbing, step aerobics, dancing and racquet sports are best. Not only does working out leave you feeling energized, but it can also make you feel more desirable.
I speak from experience of the wildest, most rewarding, wonderful quality when I candidly claim that my superior sex life started in middle age.
By their 40s, most of my women friends were having affairs.
The sense of freedom was unbelievably exhilarating.
It was this unbridled freedom to have a sexual existence which kept me going through the inevitable agony of a wrenching break-up.
Another said sex with her husband always took exactly four minutes: one minute to work up to it, two minutes to his orgasm and one minute to wind down. It didn't surprise me these women had wild affairs in their 40s. The other had her heart broken and crept back to her marriage - but she was stronger and much more confident after the affair.
'He doesn't talk to me before, during or afterwards,' she said. For me, who stayed single, sex in my 40s was the sweet relief of putting aside the torture of my 30s.