So – What is the Secret of Life??
A recent Swedish study found that exercise was the number one contributor to longevity (Gremeaux 2012). Alas! The secret to life – exercise!
Whether you are generally healthy or are managing illness, there are plenty of options for you to get active, it is just finding the right one that is appropriate for you.
As we grow older, an active lifestyle is very important to maintain but starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine as you get older may be a challenge due to many reasons. You may feel that illness, ongoing health problems, injuries or falls are limiting you. Or, perhaps you have never exercised before and don’t know where to start.
No matter your age or physical condition, you can benefit from exercise.
Exercise doesn’t have to mean strenuous workouts or trips to the gym. It’s about adding more movement and activity to your life, even in small ways. Adding more movement to your daily lifestyle habits can be the first step to more exercise before trying out some other types of activities.
Activities beneficial to older adults:
Walking is the perfect way to start exercising. It doesn’t require any special equipment and can be done anywhere.
Senior sports or fitness classes could also be an option to keep you motivated and provide an opportunity for you to meet like-minded people.
Tai Chi is a martial arts system of movement that is low impact and has been shown to improve balance and strength.
Water aerobics can benefit as water reduces stress and strain on your bodies joints.
If you do have health concerns:
Finding an exercise that is appropriate for you may seem daunting.
Exercise should never hurt, and it can be discouraging when you attempt to start exercising and this occurs: Does an old knee injury keep flaring up when you start increasing your walking distance?
Or, perhaps it is not pain but uncertainty that is discouraging you: have you have recently been diagnosed with low bone density and unsure what types of exercises are appropriate for you?
This is where physiotherapists can help. Physiotherapists are not only educated in injury diagnosis but also in exercise pathology. They can assess your general health concerns and prescribe appropriate exercise that can help you to reach your exercise goals in an optimal way.
The Wrap Up:
The Secret of Life = EXERCISE.
If you’ve decided to unlock the secret to life and feel like you could do with a helping hand, get in touch with us at Aspire Physiotherapy. Our physiotherapists are more than happy to help. You can book through our simple Online Booking system.