No doubt, many of us have made resolutions and goals to get healthier this year. For most of us, this probably means trying to exercise more and for some of us, it means doing some form at exercise at all. Regardless of your age, exercise is beneficial. The benefits of exercise for those who want to age in place include becoming healthier, stronger, increasing endurance and reducing the likelihood of falling. Study after study states the benefits of exercise and warns about the lack of inactivity. Lack of exercise can contribute to
Well, the good thing is it’s never too late to start exercising. Research indicates that exercise can improve:
Exercising can take several forms including aerobic exercises and strength or resistance training. For someone trying to age in place, resistance training can make activities such as doing laundry, carrying groceries, unloading the dishwasher, and rearranging furniture easier.
Strength or resistance training has been shown to develop and maintain
Additionally, resistance training has been shown to be beneficial in the prevention and management of
Aerobic exercise improves endurance, and strengthens the heart and lungs. Aerobic activities for the aging in place adult can make activities such as vacuuming, gardening, washing the car, and walking the dog easier. Aerobic activity has been shown to:
Stretching is also an important part of exercise and should be done with aerobic and/or resistance training 2-3 days/week. (Stretching exercises should exercise the major muscles and tendons). Stretching can make everyday activities like cleaning mirrors, putting on your shoes, and cleaning your bathtub easier. The benefits of stretching include:
Remember, it’s never too late to start exercising. It can improve the quality of your life and help you in your goal to age in place. Join us next week as we discuss the benefits of Tai Chi.
Resistance Exercise in Individuals With and Without Cardiovascular Disease
Benefits, Rationale, Safety, and Prescription An Advisory From the Committee on Exercise, Rehabilitation, and Prevention, Council on Clinical Cardiology, American Heart Association