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Five Myths About Exercising and Aging

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Five Myths About Exercising and Aging

There are several myths about exercising and aging. Unfortunately, many people believe there are increased risks involved with physical activity and the aging population. Some think they are too old to participate in community activities or exercise classes. This is simply not true! Read the five myths below to dispel any misunderstanding about safely exercising as we age.

  1. Myth: There is no point in exercising. I’m going to get old anyway or I’m too old to exercise.

Fact: Actually, exercise helps lower your risk of various conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia.

  1. Myth: Older people shouldn’t exercise and should just rest.

Fact: A sedentary lifestyle is more detrimental to your health than being active.  If you don’t use it, you will lose it!  Inactivity will make you more dependent on other people for help, and increase your risk of falling as your muscles continue to get weaker.  Simple things like getting up from a chair and/or negotiating stairs will become harder.

  1. Myth: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.

Fact: Just the opposite!  Being active will actually decrease your risk of falls. Regular exercise will keep muscles strong and weight bearing exercises will increase bone mass.  In addition exercise can help improve your balance which will reduce your risk of falling!

  1. Myth: It’s too late. I’m already too old.

Fact: You are never too old to start some kind of exercise program.  Any activity such as short distance walking, aquatics, tai chi, or even exercising while initially sitting in a chair can all be beneficial.

  1. Myth: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise because I am wheelchair bound.

Fact: There are a plethora of exercises you can do for your upper and lower body while in a wheelchair. Some activities you can try include upper body strengthening such as chair push-ups, biceps curls and triceps extensions, just to name a few. Lower body exercises you can perform in a wheelchair include leg extensions, seated marching and hamstring curls. Never let your ambulation status keep you from living an active lifestyle.

Regardless of your age or activity level, there is always a safe, effective way for you to stay active, exercise regularly and maintain your health. At Loudoun Sports Therapy Center our therapists are experts in evaluating weakness and balance disorders. If you or someone you know are suffering from generalized weakness, balance disorders, or are uncertain about what type of exercise is right for you, contact your physical therapist today to schedule your personal physical therapy evaluation.

If you live in the Northern VA area and want more information about safe activities for the aging population or to schedule an appointment for your personalized physical therapy evaluation, call Loudoun Sports Therapy Center at 703-450-4300 to speak with one of our highly trained physical therapists or physical therapist assistants. Continue to visit our website at http://www.loudounsportstherapy.com for the latest health news and tips.

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