Ageing and Exercise

Ageing and Exercise

Ageing is a natural biological process. No amount of physical activity can stop/alter it. There is no doubt that people in different places of the world, desire a successful ageing.

What then is successful ageing?

“Successful aging,” commonly used in gerontology and geriatrics, refers to the optimization of life expectancy while minimizing physical and mental deterioration and disability. It focuses on the absence or avoidance of disease and risk factors for disease, maintenance of physical and cognitive functioning, and active engagement with life (including maintenance of autonomy and social support).

How then can this be achieved?

It’s simple, regular exercise/active lifestyle and a healthy nutrition.

Evidence has shown that regular exercise/physical activities, can reduce the physiological effects of sedentary lifestyle by reducing the progression of disease and disabling condition. It can also have significant psychological and cognitive benefits.

It can also reduce the risks of some age associated Conditions such as;

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol level)
  • Atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease
  • Back and neck pain
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Gait and balance problems
  • dementia
  • Depression etc.

 

BENEFITS REGULAR EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY                            

  • Reduce risk of chronic disease
  • Increase life expectancy
  • Increase muscle strength
  • Maintain or improve muscle power
  • Improve endurance
  • Improve aerobic capacity
  • Reduce risk of falling/fracture
  • Aid in weight management
  • Improve memory and brain function
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Improve heart health and combat cancer related fatigue

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

    • Yoga

 

  • Tai-chi
  • Brisk walking
  • Cycling activities
  • Resisted Exercise/Strength training
  • Balancing wand
  • Wall push-ups
  • Toe raise
  • Single limb stance with arms
  • Gardening activities

Written by Zulaiha Muhammad

NRS Physiotherapist

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