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Boosting Longevity Through Gym Training

Introduction

In today’s fast-paced world, where time is a precious commodity, health is a priority that is often overlooked. However, the benefits of regular exercise, especially in a structured gym environment, can significantly boost longevity and improve overall quality of life. If you’re looking for a gym in Colchester, Thrive Gyms is well-equipped to support your fitness journey. In this blog post, we explore how gym training can enhance your lifespan.

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll discover the power of exercise on health, the types of exercise that boost your health and the best methodologies to optimise your training for your health.

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The Science Behind Exercise and Longevity

Numerous studies have demonstrated a strong link between regular physical activity and increased lifespan. Exercise helps reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. It also plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy weight, improving mental health, and enhancing cognitive function.

How Does Training Benefit Health?

  1. Cardiovascular Health: Regular aerobic exercises, such as running, cycling, and swimming, strengthen the heart and improve circulation. This reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes, which are leading causes of death worldwide.

  2. Muscle and Bone Strength: Weight training and resistance exercises help maintain muscle mass and bone density, which naturally decline with age. Stronger muscles and bones reduce the risk of falls and fractures, common issues in older adults.

  3. Metabolic Function: Regular physical activity enhances metabolic function, helping to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. A well-functioning metabolism also supports weight management, a crucial factor in longevity.

  4. Mental Well-being: Exercise releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood lifters. It reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety and improves overall mental well-being. Cognitive functions, including memory and processing speed, are also better preserved in active individuals.

  5. Inflammation and Immune Function: Regular exercise helps reduce chronic inflammation, a contributor to many age-related diseases. It also boosts immune function, making the body more resilient to infections and illnesses.
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What is the Best Type of Exercise for Improving Longevity?

Cardiovascular Training

Whilst cardiovascular training, such as running, swimming, cycling and many others have taken the spotlight for many years in popular culture, in relation to health and longevity, it isn’t the be all, end all. What do I mean? While cardiovascular training has clearly been shown in various studies to promote a healthy heart, there is more to consider than just cardiovascular health, when it comes to living a high quality long life.

In fact, a meta-analyses by Momma and colleagues shows a combination of aerobic and resistance training was associated with lower mortality and disease risk than either aerobic or resistance training in isolation.

In other words, if you want to be as healthy as possible, you should do both.

Resistance Training (Weight Lifting)

Another factor to consider is muscle and bone strength, which is improved through resistance training (lifting weights). We all know that our bodies deteriorate as we age. As we deteriorate our bones and muscles weaken. Now you might be saying, “So what? I’m not trying to be a powerlifter or a bodybuilder, so why do I care?” While you may not care now, you will care in the future if you struggle getting upstairs, getting in or out of a chair, or even getting up off the floor. The capability of which is a predictor of longevity.

The great thing about building muscle is that once you build it, it is easy to maintain, and if you ever have an injury or for some other reason lose some strength and muscle, it is easier to rebuild thanks to muscle memory. Yes, it is a real thing. Though experts are still not entirely sure of the exact mechanics, we can say for sure that rebuilding muscle is far easier than building muscle, and this continues to apply, even in old age.

In addition, the 2022 meta-analysis by Momma and colleagues showed resistance training has been associated with lower rates of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, total cancer, and diabetes than people who did not perform resistance training (with average risk reductions of 12-17%). Meaning that if you are just into weight lifting, you will have similar benefits to those who only do cardio, but neither group will have as many health benefits as those who engage in both.

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Yoga/Pilates

Balance and co-ordination is also a factor that many fail to consider with reference to longevity. Balance is key to a high quality of life. Elderly people suffer from falls on a regular basis, due to balance deteriorating with age. Once again this can be prevented with exercise and practice. Exercise such as yoga or pilates are fantastic ways of improving balance, whilst also improving flexibility and mobility. This means that trips, slips and falls are less likely to occur, meaning better quality of life as you age. Find out more about our yoga/pilates classes.
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How Do I Optimise for Longevity?

To boost longevity, start to move more than you are currently. The World Health Organisation recommends 150 minutes of exercise at moderate intensity per week, and to do at least two strength training sessions a week. 

“Hey I’m just getting started, that sounds like way too much of a time commitment for me”

Don’t worry! We always recommend a scaling approach. If you are just getting started, just try picking one of these methods for now, whether that is cardio, weight training or yoga/pilates. They all boost your health and longevity.

As long as you are doing some form of physical exercise, you are already a cut above the rest. If you live in the Colchester area, and you are new to gyms, please book a session with one of our personal trainers and we can help you get started.

Is there such a thing as too much training?

Yes, there absolutely is.

How much is too much? Well that is a whole other blog topic in itself. Though there are signs and symptoms of overtraining to look out for.

These signs are:

  • Feeling sick or unwell
  • Joint pains
  • Fatigue
  • Increased irritability
  • Unusual pains
  • Decrease in performance

Think It May be Too Late For You? Think again

At Thrive Gyms we’ve supported many members who are well over 50 years of age, to go to the gym after never going in their life, to lifting more than their bodyweight. 

Whilst we don’t recommend this, especially not at the start of your fitness journey, it is important to understand that if you are not an athlete or a gym maniac, you can still improve your strength, fitness, balance and co-ordination, way into your sunset years.

Your potential is likely higher than you think.

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If you’re looking for a gym in Colchester, Thrive Gyms offers a range of facilities and programs to help you get started on your fitness journey. Thrive is known for its supportive environment and commitment to helping members achieve their health and fitness goals. Here are some highlights of what Thrive Gyms Colchester has to offer:

  • State-of-the-Art Equipment: Thrive Gym Colchester is equipped with modern, high-quality gym equipment suitable for all types of workouts, cardio, strength training, yoga, pilates and more.

  • Group Personal Training:  For those who need personalised guidance, Thrive Gyms offers expert group personal training. Trainers work with the group’s goals in mind, to create customised workout plans beneficial to all.

  • Group Fitness Classes: We provide a variety of group fitness classes, including yoga, pilates, cardio, and conditioning. These classes are designed to cater to all fitness levels, ensuring that everyone can find a suitable workout routine.

  • Friendly and Supportive Community: We pride ourselves on fostering a welcoming and supportive community. The positive atmosphere encourages members to stay motivated and committed to their fitness journey.

  • Wellness Programs: In addition to physical fitness, Thrive Gyms offers wellness programs that focus on holistic health, including nutrition advice and mental well-being support.
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Thrive Gyms focuses on creating a supportive and empowering environment with state-of-the-art equipment, expert personal training, and a diverse array of group fitness classes designed to cater to all fitness levels.

Our holistic approach to wellness extends beyond physical fitness, incorporating nutritional guidance and mental well-being support to ensure members achieve comprehensive health. By fostering a community that motivates and inspires, Thrive Gyms is dedicated to helping individuals, not only reach their fitness goals, but also enhance their overall quality of life and longevity.

Conclusion

Regular gym training is a powerful tool in the quest for longevity. By enhancing cardiovascular health, maintaining muscle and bone strength, boosting metabolic function, improving mental well-being, and reducing inflammation, exercise can significantly increase your lifespan and quality of life. Thrive Gyms Colchester provides excellent resources and support to help you on your journey to a healthier, longer life.

So, why wait?

Continue your fitness journey today and take a proactive step towards boosting your longevity. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner, Thrive Gyms has something to offer everyone.

Embrace the opportunity to enhance your health and enjoy a longer, more vibrant life.

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