Thursday, June 13, 2024

It’s never too late to start taking care of your body

Jesse James Leyva
Jesse James Leyva

Exercise is important at any age, but as you get older, regularly exercising could mean the difference between living independently and needing someone to care for you.

However, exercising in your golden years isn’t the same as exercising in your youth, and fitness experts say there are types you need to do and precautions you need to take once you’re over 65.

What types of exercises are most important?

Balance training. Falls are the leading cause of injury among adults over 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so working on exercises to maintain your balance can help keep you upright and prevent your family from worrying.

Strength training. Muscle loss is common in older adults and begins around age 40. A strength training program is a great way to help combat that. We lose about 1 percent of our muscle strength each year after age 40.

Flexibility training. Stretching, whether it’s bending over to touch your toes or at a class, is an exercise senior’s often overlook, stretching helps you maintain your range of motion and freedom of movement.

What precautions should you take?

Before starting any exercise program, a complete fitness evaluation is recommended and I can create a customized program to improve your overall health.

Also make sure to take it slow when starting a program and don’t ignore any pain. A little discomfort is normal, but pains in the joints or muscles are not and always stay hydrated.

Exercising with a friend or group is an added social component and can be beneficial for your mental health. This can improve your emotional, cognitive, and social well-being.

Contact me at 972-355-2639 to take advantage of our Senior Performance Mobility Training and get 15% off the program.

CTG Staff
CTG Staff
The Cross Timbers Gazette News Department

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