Exercise for the Elderly – Important for Overall Health

Long life. It’s true that some individuals are blessed with good genes. No matter how many unhealthy lifestyle habits they have, you know, living in the fast lane, they’re going to live to be old. If we are getting old, we need to be concerned with the quality of life as we age. , exercise is one of the keys. Is it ever too late to start? Of course that answer is no; and research proves it’s not. I’ll discuss the benefits of exercising into old age and then give you some tips on how to get started no matter how old you are.
The aging population
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, by the year 2030, the number of individuals in the United States 65 years and over will reach 70 million, and people 85 years and older will be the fastest growing segment of the population. Have you reached or passed one of those milestones already? Are you approaching it?
I want to talk a little bit about what happens to our bodies as we get older. Beginning around when we turn 40, adults lose 3%-5% of muscle mass per decade, and the decline increases to 1%-2% per year after age 50. Muscle keeps us strong, it burns calories and helps us maintain our weight, and it is also an essential contributor to our balance and bone strength. Without it, we can lose our independence and our mobility.
So is it too late to worry about it?
The good news is that muscle mass can increase at any age in response to exercise. In an important study of weight lifting and older adults conducted with 100 male and female residents of a nursing home in Boston (age range: 72 to 98 years of age; average age 87), subjects lifted weights with their legs three times a week for 10 weeks. At the end of the study, there was an increase in thigh mass of 2.7%, walking speed increased 12%, and leg strength increased a whopping 113%! In a similar study of adults 65-79 years old, subjects who lifted weights three times a week for three months increased their walking endurance by 38% (from 25 minutes to 34 minutes) without appreciable increases in mass. Ida Weiss, a 91-year-old participant in the Boston study, had the following to say after the study, “It’s very beneficial for me. Things that I couldn’t do when I came here, I can do now. I didn’t think that I was going to live anymore, but I feel different now.”
Exercise can be invigorating and help build muscle mass at any age.
So seniors know that they should exercise. But why don’t they? Many shy away from it because it hurts. There is pain. The JBIT MedPro can definitely be the answer to that problem. It works the muscles, not the joints. The joints are often doing more than their fair share of the work, and carrying a load that the muscles were designed to do. The MedPro causes those muscles to engage, and those muscles strengthen as time goes on. Pain is reduced and the life of the joints is extended. The device also helps to build the core muscles, key to movement and to that quality of life that we all long for.
We all need exercise and the JBIT MedPro can be a great asset in making things better, in increasing mobility and yes, the quality of life.
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