The Benefits of Exercise for our Elderly!

Last updated: May 16, 2020

You’ve probably heard the phrase “use it or lose it” more than enough times throughout your life, and when it comes to exercising in our later years, it’s an important phrase to remember!

More than ever before, we need to look after ourselves as we age and control the things we can. Exercise and keeping healthy has many benefits to help keep people of all ages happy and enjoy a high quality of life.

The benefits of exercise are widely accepted throughout each stage of our lives and we have all had different experiences when it comes to the types of exercise we’ve tried.

Whether you participated in athletics as a youngster, football as a teenager, or perhaps joined a gym as a younger adult, the benefits of exercise can be enjoyed at all ages even if you’re simply going on long walks during retirement.

As we age, however, our flexibility and mobility can decrease, but this doesn’t limit our ability to participate in fun and meaningful exercise.

Those who don’t exercise, often provide the excuse that “I don’t have time” or “I’m slowing down” or “that is only for younger folk.”

Deep down we all know that we can find the time, but commonly seniors aren’t aware that there are forms of exercise for older adults that they can participate in, despite our bodies slowing down.

You’ll be pleased to know that there are many exercises you can try as you get older, and there are people who can help you find the right ones.

Physiotherapists are trained healthcare professionals who are experts in the prescription of exercise in older adults and can help you formulate a suitable exercise regime suitable to your abilities.

Prior to prescribing your exercises, physiotherapists will seek medical clearance from your local doctor or medical specialist.

When formulating an exercise plan, physiotherapists will conduct a thorough assessment taking into account medical history, physical function, and most importantly your individual goals!

The benefits of exercise in older adults include:

• Increased strength and flexibility
• Improved mobility and independence
• Increased blood circulation
• Improve your balance and reduce falls
• Improved sleep
• Reduction in pain

It’s important to remember that as with many things in life, to experience the full benefits of exercise – consistency is the key! And it’s much easier to keep motivated and consistent in your exercise when it is fun.

So now that you know your physiotherapist can help you find some meaningful exercise, it is up to you to “find the time!”

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