Seniors, “Get Moving…Start Improving!”

This week we celebrated Senior Health & Fitness Day to promote the benefits of exercise for seniors. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. As your body becomes older and weaker, and as your metabolism slows down, it’s important to keep active and moving. The rewards of physical activity are clear: higher metabolism, better blood pressure and heart health, increased bone density, and the list goes on.

Seniors Swimming

5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults

From HelpGuide.Org

Myth 1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.

Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Myth 2: Elderly people shouldn’t exercise. They should save their strength and rest.

Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly. Period. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and use of medicines for illnesses.

Myth 3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.

Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.

Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old to start exercising

Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other gentle activities.

Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.

Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.

Click here to read more on the benefits of elderly fitness…
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If you are elderly, we recommend that you get medical clearance from your doctor before starting an exercise program to find out if there are any activities you should avoid. Call 806.358.0200, If you would like to schedule a visit with a physician here at the Amarillo Diagnostic Clinic.

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