Which is the fastest and most active set of muscles in the human body? The eye muscles.
They don’t need any warm up; they’re ready for action twenty four hours a day.
Recent research shows that exercise supports healthy vision in a number of ways:
Walking 2 – 3 times a week may reduce the risk of glaucoma, (increased pressure within the eyeball leading to optic nerve damage). In young adults, moderate intensity, low impact exercise led to significant reductions in eye pressure.
Two studies, (2013 & 2015) have shown that “a brisk walk or run may be associated with decreased risk of age-related cataracts”.
A fifteen year study of nearly 4000 older adults found that people who exercise three or more times a week were less likely to get ‘wet’, age-related, macular degeneration, which develops when abnormal blood vessels grow beneath the retina and leak fluid and blood into the eye.
So, yet more evidence that being active is medicine to the body. The eyes are not an obvious part of the body to associate with positives from physical activity, but they’re well worth considering protecting.