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Would you consider you have a good sense of balance ?
Improve and strengthen your centre of balance and prevent injury from falls in the future. Core muscles are the body’s main stabilizers. A weak core means poor balance, which can increase the likelihood of falling. Fall-related injuries are often serious and can limit activities or make it impossible to live independently. A strong core, alternatively, can help prevent falls, navigate uneven walkways, walk up and down the stairs, and lean down to pick up a grandchild without toppling over.
A weak core is cited as a major risk factor for developing hyperkyphosis, the exaggerated forward curve of the shoulders seen in some older adults sometimes called Dowager’s Hump.
Do you find that you get out of breath easily?
Increase your cardio limits and enjoy increased energy, Weight loss, Stronger heart and lungs, Increased bone density, Reduced stress and much more. You’ll be able to do more of the things you love to do. Exercising regularly can also have a positive impact on the immune system, blood pressure, cardiovascular system and it can decrease the risk of heart disease and help with depression or anxiety.
Regular physical activity and exercise are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities. That’s why health experts say that older adults should aim to be as active as possible.
Regular exercise improves the following:
- Immune Function. A healthy, strong body fights off infection and sickness more easily and more quickly. Rather than sapping energy reserves entirely, recovery from an illness will take less of a toll on the body if the person exercises regularly.
- Cardio-Respiratory and Cardiovascular Function. Frequent physical activity lowers the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure. If the older adult has hypertension, exercise will help lower their blood pressure.
- Bone Density and Risk of Osteoporosis. Exercise protects against loss in bone mass. Better bone density will reduce the risk of osteoporosis, lower the risk of falling and prevent broken bones. Post-menopausal women can lose as much as 2 percent bone mass each year, and men also lose bone mass as they age. Research done at Tufts University shows that strength training can dramatically reduce this loss, help restore bones, and contribute to better balance and less fractures.
- Gastrointestinal Function. Regular exercise helps boost your metabolism and promotes the efficient elimination of waste and encourages digestive health.
- Chronic Conditions and Cancer. Physical activity lowers risk of serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis and colon cancer, to name a few. It also helps in the management of high cholesterol and arthritis pain.
A consistent exercise schedule is also associated with decreased mortality and age-related morbidity in older adults. In addition, a study by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society examined exercise in the older adult and found that training led to improvements in functional reach and balance and reduced the participants’ fear of falling.
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