“Grandma/Grandpa, can you play catch with me” says little Billy. “I wish I could, but I’m too stiff and sore” says Grandpa. “Okayyyy” says little Billy.
Have you encountered a situation where you felt physically limited? If so, it’s never too late to work toward a new goal! But how you might ask? The answer is simple, find something you like to do (that involves movement) and do it! Yes, that simple. As we know, aging takes a toll, but did you know that activity/exercise even increases in importance as we age, especially if you want to keep up to those fast grandkids. You’re never too old to begin. Even if you have not been previously active, it is important to get started! Growing evidence supports the notion that physical activity can preserve independence and offset functional decline, especially after retirement.
Strength is estimated to decrease by 40%-50% between 25 and 80 years of age. A supervised or safe independent exercise program can assist you to lessen this decrease in strength over the years. Simons et al. explains that a walking program or resistance training program both improve function in individuals 66 years or older. Not only will activity & exercise help you to move around better, but it will also help improve your mood, boost your immune system, manage or lessen the impact of diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, depression, and many other conditions. Despite all of the great benefits, the amount of individuals who do participate in leisure physical activity is relatively low (15%).
As a healthcare provider, my goal is to allow you to reach your full potential. Whether this is by designing a specific program to achieve your goals, listening to concerns, giving recommendations, or anything else that contributes to your well-being I am here for YOU! As stated before, but I will say it again “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” Let’s work together to increase the amount of individuals living an active lifestyle. So there ya have it folks… it’s time to get moving and grooving.
Simons R. Andel R. 2006. The effects of resistance training and walking on functional fitness in advanced old age. J Aging Health. 18 (91).