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How Exercise can improve 6 Human Body Systems for older adults.

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Senior skeletal system

The health benefits of exercise on the human body systems can’t be overemphasised. From optimising leptin and insulin receptor sensitivity for normalising leptin, insulin, and glucose levels to making you feel better and living a longer life, engaging in regular exercise can help improve 6 human body systems regardless of your sex or age.

6 Human Body Systems

How Exercise Can Improve Your Muscular System

As we exercise the body, it acts as a stimulus that stresses the muscle. Exercise benefits the muscular system the following ways:

  • Decreases symptoms of depression & anxiety and encourages a better well-being

  • Promotes leaner and stronger muscular strength especially for older adults since the muscular strength deteriorates as they age

  • Reduces the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and colon cancer

How Exercise Can Improve Your Skeletal System

The skeleton is the body’s framework that protects and supports the body. It carries your complete weight and shields important organs. Engaging in proper and regular exercise will help improve the skeletal system as it:

  • Helps lower risk of pain or injuries in the body’s nerves, ligaments, joints, and muscles for an improved body posture

  • Strengthens the bones for an improved bone density

  • Strengthens and supports the soft tissues round the bones

How Exercise Can Improve Your Digestive System

The digestive system helps in the breaking down of food and passing of vital nutrients to different parts of the body. Exercising

  • Helps keep your digestive system healthy.

  • Keeps the digestive tract in motion and boosts blood circulation

  • Provides an appropriate digestive routine

How Exercise Can Improve Your Respiratory System

During exercise there is an increase need for oxygen in the body. Exercising has the following effects on the respiratory system

  • Increased heart rate and stronger heart beat

  • Due to the increase need of oxygen, it helps transport oxygen

  • Respiratory rate is increased allowing additional oxygen to reach the blood and lungs.

How Exercise Can Improve Your Nervous System

The nervous system is responsible for activities like jumping, running, etc. and engaging in regular exercise will benefit the nervous system the following ways:

  • Strengthen the nervous system

  • Helps your heart pump proper blood to your brain

  • Influences cognitive function and psychological well being

How Exercise Can Improve Your Circulatory System

The circulatory system is in charge of transporting oxygen to the entire body. It comprises of the blood, blood vessels, and the heart.

  • Reduces the risk of heart diseases

  • Helps make the heart stronger

  • Encourages blood vessel health

In general, by exercising, you stay healthy, fit, and live longer.

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