Did you know that just one out of four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly? Some may feel like they’re too out of shape, or too old to exercise. However, that simply isn’t the case.
In this blog post, we’re going to break down the questions people typically ask about exercising at an older age, helping them to become more knowledgeable on this topic, and determining which exercise path is right for them.
Good at Any Age
Exercise can help prevent bone loss, as well as improve balance and coordination. Not only that, but exercise can also boost memory, help to prevent dementia, make you stronger and ease a number of chronic conditions. Many symptoms that are associated with old age are derived from inactivity. If you experience weakness, fatigue or loss of balance, try exercising to strengthen your body.
Older adults are often concerned about falling or breaking a hip during physical activity. However, studies show that exercise can actually help to reduce your chances of a fall. For instance, tai chi can help to improve balance. Regular exercise can help to strengthen weak bones and muscles.
While it is wise to be conscious of injury, there are a number of health benefits that far exceed the risks of exercising as an older adult. Even those with chronic health problems, like arthritis or diabetes, should exercise regularly.
It’s Never Too Late
Developing an exercise routine can help to boost muscle strength, and it is never too late to take the first step toward wellness. Start off small with a 10-minute walk in the morning, or pedal on a stationary bike in the evening. The more that you continue to do this, the more your strength will increase.
While there are many known benefits to running, such as relieving stress and preventing high blood pressure, it also has many benefits for people as they age. These include decreased risk of heart disease, diabetes, weight control and improved mobility. In order to be smart about running, it’s important to warm up and take at least two rest days per week.
This article was adapted from WebMD and Running Competitor. Read the full articles here and here. If you have any questions about exercising at an older age, please contact Campbell Clinic to meet with a physician.