Doctor Eruslanova: exercise is a simple recipe for longevity, neurologist Alekhina spoke about the effect on the psyche

Doctor Eruslanova: exercise is a simple recipe for longevity, neurologist Alekhina spoke about the effect on the psyche

Physical activity is the secret of longevity because it has a positive effect on health, the doctor told -cardiologist, candidate of medical sciences, head. Laboratory of Cardiovascular Aging of the Russian Gerontological Research and Clinical Center RNRMU named after. N.I. Pirogova of the Russian Ministry of Health Ksenia Eruslanova.

“Any level of physical activity is better than no activity at all. You need to start moving at least a little bit, little by little. However, for real life extension, it is important to move forward – to increase physical activity in order to achieve optimal performance,” the expert noted.
According to her, physical activity is an effective means of protecting against cardiovascular diseases, including heart attacks and strokes, and various types cancer. For this purpose, she advises combining strength and aerobic exercises of varying intensity.

In addition, sports can reduce the risk of developing hypertension, diabetes, dementia and atherosclerosis, help get rid of excess weight, improve bone structure and reduce anxiety.

“It has been proven that when playing sports, hormones are released that improve mood and quality of life. life. Therefore, it is now recommended for patients with depression to include physical activity in their treatment plan,” concluded Eruslanova.

Exercise is vital for building and maintaining strong bones and muscles. Weightlifting can speed up muscle building if you also get enough protein.

As you get older, your body loses muscle mass and function. This puts you at greater risk of injury and disability.

Neurologist Alexandra Alyokhina spoke specifically for MedicForum about the benefits for mental health.

“Some of the benefits of exercise for your mental health may even be felt immediately after exercise.”
Exercise makes you happier. Exercise helps block negative thoughts and distracts you from everyday worries. Your body releases chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins that make you feel happy. Activities with other people can further enhance this effect.

Improves learning, thinking and judgment abilities as you age. When you exercise, your body releases proteins and other chemicals that change brain function and structure. It also causes the brain to grow new cells, which help prevent age-related mental decline.

Help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercise works similarly to antidepressants in treating mild to moderate depression—only without the side effects. Exercise improves brain function, reduces inflammation and promotes nerve cell growth. All of this improves your mood.

“By releasing endorphins, physical activity also helps relieve tension and stress associated with anxiety. Being mindful of what your body is doing and how it feels during exercise will also help break the flow negative thoughts and worries,” says Alekhina.

Earlier, MedicForum wrote about the beneficial effects of ice cream for a sore throat.

Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.