Actively Aging

Facts about Physical Activity and Health as an Older Adult

As we age, it can be harder to feel the desire to stay active. Heck, even as a young adult there are days that exercising sounds more like a chore. Below are a few facts about why it is important to stay active as we age.  

  • The nice thing about exercising, you can start anytime! Consult with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine to ensure safety.
  • A lifestyle balanced with aerobic activity, muscular strength and flexibility exercises helps decrease the higher risk of diseases such as diabetes, colon cancer, and hypertension.
  • Can lower and control blood pressure which reduces overall stress on the heart decreasing atherosclerotic build up.
  • It does not need to be strenuous! (walking, aquatics, cycling, etc.)
  • Keeping physically active can help decrease memory loss, problem solving skills, maintain spatial awareness. –Think of it like this – What’s good for the heart, is also good for the BRAIN!!
  • Decrease the development of balance issues. Stronger muscles help reduce the risk of falling and improve the ability to perform daily life tasks. Continue to live independently!
  • Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety which helps improve mood and feelings of well-being.

Kerra Pietsch, LPTA
Physical Therapist Assistant
Andover Physical Therapy

This blog contains information form the American Council on Exercise and the CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention)

April 17th, 2019

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