Take your pick…
Choices… we make them every day. I know it’s not always that simple, and of course I’m excluding accidents and disease. We do however, chose whether we will exercise or sit on the couch. It is a fact that the benefits of exercise are one of the bulwarks against the cumulative effects of aging. I’ve heard, “I’m a senior, exercise is too hard”. Exercise is hard especially as you get older, but look at the alternative.
Why would a senior want to start lifting weights now of all times?
The answer is because you want to be a stronger, healthier senior. Our muscles do decrease over the years and so does our bone density. We do lose strength and stamina. These changes are cumulative and can contribute to injuries and accidents that can decrease your ability to have an active, independent life. Exercise is an effective activity to prevent and reverse the negative aspects of aging. Simply by strengthening our arms, shoulders and legs we can become more adept at surviving a fall with little or no injury. Our extremities can become strong enough to absorb or deflect the impact.
Did you know many things people attribute to aging are caused by disuse?
Many of the changes attributed to aging are actually caused in large part by disuse. Dr. William Buchan, the 18th-century Scottish physician wrote, “Of all the causes which conspire to render the life of a man short and miserable, none have greater influence than the want of proper exercise.” Modern research continues to affirm the truth of this maxim.
Exercise does more than make you stronger
Without exercise intervention, the loss of muscle will continue, eventually reducing our musculature by up to 50%. Losing muscle tissue doesn’t just affect our appearance or spry demeanor. Vigorous, healthy muscles absorb oxygen and other ingredients from our blood supply that our bodies need much more effectively than muscles that are feeble or deficient. Strong muscles absorb sugar from our blood stream and in doing so regulate our blood sugar levels and help prevent type 2 diabetes. Strong muscles have more arterial tissue and help our hearts work more effectively and with less effort.
Beginning in middle age, the average American gains three or four pounds every year. Exercise increases our muscle tissue, enable us to remain active, burn calories, and help to keep this weight off.
The choice is yours.
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Exercise is the Fountain of Youth
Helen Trowsdale, President of AA Care Services, is a nurse administrator with over 30 years of experience as a BSN, psychiatric nurse, and geriatric care manager with adults as well as pediatrics in hospitals, private duty home health care agencies, and residential home health care. Her team of caregivers are dedicated to serving their clients with home care in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and Austin; providing clients with consistent, quality care while minimizing the number of caregivers in the home. Learn more about AA Care Services.