I found some interesting research on the appropriate exercise for your age to help you stay fitter as you get older. We see patients of all ages in the clinic who present with lots of different mobility problems. As well as treating conditions, all the chiropractors give lifestyle and exercise choices to help you stay feeling great!
Researchers in the US found that back pain, muscle and joint aches and pains start becoming more noticeable in your 50s, so it may be advantageous to try cardiovascular exercises that boost your heart rate but are easy on the joints -eg – swimming or cycling instead of running. The best way to protect your back is to build strong core muscles and make sure you are lifting heavy objects correctly.
Cardiovascular exercise helps prevent medical problems such as heart disease, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Balance and leg-strengthening exercises should be emphasized as people enter their 60s, to increase flexibility and help prevent accidental falls. Weight-bearing exercises are critical to keep bones healthy and prevent osteoporosis.
Many adults in their 60s have symptoms of arthritis, which can make exercise difficult.
Exercise and keeping mobile has been proven to help people deal with their arthritis. It’s just making sure your exercise routine is working for you, not against you. Some people forget that walking is a great form of exercise – just make sure you get your heart rate up by walking briskly. Also, water aerobics or swimming are a great way for people with arthritis or fibromyalgia to exercise.
Patients who are entering their 70s, 80s may be at risk of dementia. The two most common forms are Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia but exercise may help prevent those conditions as well as eating right and incorporating other healthy habits to lead to a better quality of life.
If you would like to know more about different exercises and stretches appropriate to you, next time you are in the clinic ask us for handouts so you can carry on the good work at home.