As we get older and our bodies start to grow weaker, there are a lot of things you need to worry about. Your hearing, your vision, and your basic movements are always going to be in jeopardy, but there are certain ways for you to go about creating a better setting for your body. You must eat properly and get enough exercise, of course – but how do you know how much “enough” is? Truth be told, you don’t need to be flinging weights around; if you’re a senior and you feel like workouts are out of your range, you couldn’t be any more wrong.
Research has shown us that exercising frequently can result in improved memory, as well as reverse certain kinds of muscle loss in seniors. Not only that, but there are plenty of other benefits to be considered as well! Researchers looked at more than 1,600 people between the ages of 70 and 89 years old, some of which were dealing with limited physical functions (but were still able to walk around a quarter of a mile, give or take, in 15 minutes). This was without assistance, but canes were fine for the research at hand.
Half of the participants were given a program regarding health education, which gave them some specific stretches and professional person to person sessions; meaning they were somewhat guided through the entire process. They weren’t, however, told to aim for 150 minutes of aerobic activity (as well as strength and flexibility exercises, with balance training thrown in) – as the other group was.
This allowed them to compare two completely different lifestyles against one another, as well as apply the study in a specific age group. The study lasted 2.7 years and showed that the number of physical mobility ailments that the participants were experiencing was cut by 25% within the health education group. The group that was told to exercise was prone to lowering their risk of becoming disabled at all, which is always going to be ideal – avoiding a problem before it ever has time to occur.
Most Americans aren’t getting the recommended amount of exercise on a daily basis, and that would ring especially true for the seniors of our society. Per numbers from the CDCP (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), only 28% of individuals aged 75 and over meet the standards of physical activity every single day.
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