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.
nice thing about exercising, you can start anytime! Consult with your doctor
before starting a new exercise routine to ensure safety.
lifestyle balanced with aerobic activity, muscular strength and flexibility
exercises helps decrease the higher risk of diseases such as diabetes, colon
cancer, and hypertension.
lower and control blood pressure which reduces overall stress on the heart
decreasing atherosclerotic build up.
does not need to be strenuous! (walking, aquatics, cycling, etc.)
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!!
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
symptoms of depression and anxiety which helps improve mood and feelings of
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
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