Elderly and Exercise
Its never too late to start exercising, and you are
never too old to reap the rewards of regular physical activity. The number one
activity people can do to slow down and even reverse the aging process is to
exercise. Research has shown that muscle strengthening exercises can reduce the
risk of falling and fracturing bones. Various studies have shown that exercise
can reduce osteoarthritic pain, improve range of motion, coronary artery
disease, hypertension, diabetes and decrease depression. There are strategies we
can design for you no matter what your age or physical condition is.
To safely get started, we will take a complete health
history identifying any health concerns so that you follow the best possible
exercise routine for your individual needs. With our team of physicians, chiropractic,
occupational and physical therapists we will create a safe exercise program to
address the sore joints, aches, weakness and any limitations that you feel you
might be having.
Being more active on a daily basis can reduce
inflammation, joint stiffness and pain. The benefits of strength training can
improve physical function by building muscle around joints, better supporting
them and protecting them from shock and daily wear and tear. As you become
older it is important to maintain flexibility (having the ability to move a
joint through the full range of motion). A daily stretching routine can help
improve how you function with your activities of daily living, improving
posture, reducing the possibility of joint injuries, strains or sprains and
maintaining muscle strength.
A balanced physical activity program will be designed for
you that incorporates the three types of exercise recommended by the Arthritis
Foundation: flexibility/stretching exercises, strength training and aerobic
exercises. It is important to begin any exercise program slowly if you are just
getting started, gradually increasing the amount of days and time exercising.
Let us help you to become more active and enjoy life