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Does Getting Older Mean You Can’t Exercise?

Statistics show that roughly about one third of people 65-years-old are physically active. That’s in contrast to the roughly 80 percent of the general population. As you age you may begin to think that your body won’t be able to handle exercising, and you may just stop exercising all together. The reality is, folks over the age of 65 should be doing 150 minutes of exercise each week, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why is it that the rate of exercising decreases with age?

many people believe there are increased risks involved with physical activity and older age. Here are Four myths that often arise:

  1. I’m too old to exercise
  2. Older people shouldn’t exercise
  3. Exercise puts you at risk of falling
  4. It’s too late, I’m already too old

While there are some precautions you should take, the reality is that inactivity will make you more dependent on other people for help, and increase your risk of falling as your muscles continue to get weaker. Exercise also helps lower your risk of various conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and dementia.

What should you do before increasing your activity level?

Getting a physician’s clearance to allow patient to exercise is an important step when increasing exercise level. It is also important to find a safe place to do your exercising, to ensure you have enough space and proper equipment. Another key component to do prior to starting your exercise program is to make sure you have proper posture. Posture is important to ensure you have proper balance and stability to perform the exercises.

It is equally important to stretch to help prevent any injuries from occurring. Here are some stretches to do:

  • Upper Trapezius Stretch
    • Look Forward
    • Tilt your Right ear down to your Right shoulder.
    • Hold for 20 seconds, 3 times
    • Repeat on the Left side.
  • Levator Scapulae Stretch
    • Rotate head to Right
    • Look down towards Right armpit
    • Hold for 20 secs. 3 times
    • Repeat on Left Side
  • Seated Hamstring Stretch
    • Sit upright on the table
    • Extend your leg out front
    • Reach for your toes
    • Hold for 20 secs 3 times

If you or someone you know is dealing with any kind of pain, or discomfort don’t wait. Call Loudoun Sports Therapy Center TODAY at 703-450-4300 and speak with one of our clinicians about how physical therapy can help you live life pain free.

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