We all know that regular physical exercise is good for our bodies and our overall health. But did you also know that exercise can benefit your hearing too?
So how much exercise do you get in a typical week? You may dread the thought of going to the gym or running for an hour, but you really don’t need hours of strenuous exercise per week to reap all the benefits of moving your body.
Just getting some movement in every day can do so much–even if it’s just a walk around the block, playing in the pool with your kids or taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work!
Physical exercise improves blood circulation throughout the body, including your ears! This in turn preserves the capillaries that deliver blood and oxygen to your inner ear, protecting the cochlea and other components.
At least 1 in 5 adults in the US do not get enough regular physical exercise. When you move your body, the aging process is slowed by pumping oxygen into every cell, and this contributes to quicker recovery from sickness, increases circulation which refreshes your skin, and benefits mood by calming you naturally. It even improves brain health by decreasing the natural loss of brain tissue as we age. Exercise also increases daily energy so you can get more done and have more fun!
The benefits of exercise to your hearing health is just one more reason to stay active every day. Research has discovered that mice that exercised every day lost their hearing due to age at an average of 5% compared to a 20% decline in age-related hearing loss for sedentary mice!
Moving your body for just 16 minutes, three times a week is proven to benefit your health in all of these ways. And we know that regular exercise also helps us to stay trim and feel good about ourselves. Staying in motion as much as you can throughout the day is a manageable way to benefit as much as possible.
Some people use a tracking app to shoot for 10,000 steps every day, but do whatever motivates you and keeps you on track.
It’s important to do everything you can to prevent hearing loss, since it’s not reversible, and it compounds over time. Take these “little steps” every day and you will thank yourself for years to come!
Physical exercise has many health benefits–and preventing hearing loss is just one more!
In addition to daily movement and exercise, don’t forget your diet! Try to eat as much organic, fresh food as possible and forget the processed foods! This is one easy way to achieve your health goals and feel amazing.
Another quick, simple way to be pro-active when it comes to your hearing health is to schedule your annual hearing check with your audiiologist. This is the most effective way to track your hearing any notice any decline to your hearing ability as quickly as you can.
The first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.
Diablo Hearing Services 2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106 San Ramon (925) 394-4646