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)
PTC_therapy April 17th, 2019
Posted In: General
Tags: active aging