Exercise for Successful Aging
Apr 24, 2017
Aging is an inevitable part of life; something we can’t control. But what we can control is how we feel as we age and the health aspects of it all. Here are some easy ways to help you enjoy the “golden years”:
Exercise is something we can always do, regardless of age or health status. Something as simple as an evening stroll or 15 minutes on a treadmill or exercise bike can improve stamina and flexibility.
As we get older, our muscle mass decreases, which causes a decrease in our metabolic rates. The good news is that muscle building, much like exercise, is something we can start at any age.
Begin slowly with easy weight-bearing exercises; such as, leg-lifts with light ankle weights. Keep it simple at first and work your way up, increasing the amount of weight and reps over time. Try starting with 1 set of 8 to 10 reps and increase to 3 sets as your body becomes stronger. When you can easily achieve your reps, it’s time to increase the weight and begin again.
Our bones also lose density as we age, making us more prone to osteoporosis. Strength training can help gain muscle to prevent this.
Aging can also affect endurance. But it can be increased by pretty much anything, such as walking, dancing or even swimming. Gather your neighbors for after-dinner walks or join a local swim club for pool exercise classes.
Age can render our bodies more prone to injuries if we don’t work to prevent them. All of the above can greatly reduce recovery time from minor injuries.
Exercise helps us in many ways. It helps improve our energy and overall mood. To begin an exercise routine, make a schedule and work on affected areas, such as flexibility and endurance. We all have to start somewhere. Make a choice that will help you for a lifetime. As always, it is wise to consult with your health professional before starting any exercise program.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.