The Benefits of Being Active in Old Age

They say that time and fate are the only things that we can’t escape.

As time goes one, systems in your body change. This is something we can’t escape, but we can slow the rate of change down!

The three main areas where people will experience change are:

  1. The Nervous System
  2. Their Muscles
  3. Their Bone Density.

If a person is non-active then these changes will occur much quicker than active individuals who participate in regular exercise. That’s why we promote the vision of Active Aging at Simply Gym.

We run ‘Senior Shapeup’ classes to help all individuals—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or health—improve their emotional, intellectual, cognitive, physical, professional, social and spiritual wellness. Here’s why you should consider attending our classes…

The Nervous System

As you get older the speed of your Central Nervous System (Brain & Spinal Cord) will reduce, so you won’t be able to handle as much information and your short-term memory will decrease.

Your Peripheral Nervous System (Your senses & Motor Nerves) will also be affected and you may suffer from poor eyesight, loss of hearing, slower reactions and reduced balance.

However, if a person were to continue with activity as they age, or start exercising as they get older, the speed in the changes to the nervous system is slowed down.


Due to the reduction in the number of nerves that stimulate the muscle fibres, and the reduction in growth hormone, the number and size of your muscle fibres will start to reduce. Research shows that this can be as much as 30% by the time we are 80!
This means that you will lose strength and power, the mass of bodily fat will increase and your level of bodily control and function will decrease. Again, keeping physically active will improve your balance and muscle strength, which will reduce the risk of falling.


Did you know that bones achieve peak level density at 30-35 years? From here on out bone density declines at about 1% per year, depending on various factors. By the age of 70, females could have lost 30% of Bone Density [Source: N.O.S. 2005]!

In the UK, one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 will break a bone mainly because of poor bone health. Strength training and resistance activity can strengthen your bones and will reduce the risk of fractures.

The Good News

As you can see, it really is worth keeping active as you age. That’s why we run our specialist ‘Senior Shapeup’ classes.

These classes have been designed specifically to combat the symptoms outlined in this article. They involve simple exercises that relate to everyday life, are taken at a comfortable pace and allow for plenty of practice time.

There are also several other benefits of keeping active with Simply Gym. For example, when you join a member of our highly qualified team will help you to put a tailored plan in place, so you know exactly what to do to improve your condition and wellness.

What’s more we will make sure you are given a full demonstration of each piece of our safe and easy-to-use equipment.

If you would like to fight the symptoms of old age and be more active please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Simply Gym. We’d be delighted to help.

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