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The Importance of Exercise For The Elderly - Preventive & Curative

Tuesday, January 11, 2011
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Exercise is one of the therapeutic and lifestyle interventions for healthier life at any age. It is very important for all age groups especially older adults because with age inactivity increases. It has been observed that 30% of those aged 65 and above do not report any kind of exercise routine.

Barriers to adopt apt exercise routine at older age include lack of knowledge, motivation and environmental factors.

  • Exercise regime helps improving your mobility, strength, improve sleep and gain power to fight against diseases like hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular problems. Exercise intervention trials for arthritis of the knee have shown significant reduction in disability using resistance training that focus in increasing muscle strength and modest aerobic exercise.
  • Exercise also has calming effect on our minds. It is a stress relieving activity that decreases the feeling of depression and improves sense of personal control.



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19 October, 2011 | Shalini | Reply

Shalini I recently saw a video where a popular gym was suggesting that even if a person has never exercised, they can start at any age even at 70 plus yrs -light weight lifting and stretches under supervision for a healthier toned body without straining it. They can also chose a moderately brisk speed walk or treadmill for cardio. Do you think its advisable? How many elders will take to it needs be seen?

13 January, 2011 | Saurabh | Reply

Saurabh If elders has any medical condition, is it safe for them to exercise?

18 January, 2011 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Dear Saurabh,

It is best for a person especially elders, with a medical condition, to consult the physician before starting an exercise regimen.

Depending on the severity and the capacity of the individual exercise regimens can be designed by the fitness expert.

Thanks for your query.

13 January, 2011 | Parul | Reply

Parul Yes it is correct ,Tai chi uses gentle movement to reduce stress in our daily lives. It is a good form of exercise performed by elders. It improves flexibility, balances and prevent chances of fall. It also reduces anxiety and depression. It improves overall feeling of well being specially in elders.

12 January, 2011 | Smita | Reply

Smita How many times a week should seniors perform strength exercises?

12 January, 2011 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Loneliness is very common with the elders, so exercising with a group or at least one another person will both motivate and make exercising fun. However, you need to find a dependable and an interesting companion both to keep you motivated and revitalised

12 January, 2011 | Shastri | Reply

Shastri I was told Tai Chi is very good for elders as it does not strain you but gives sufficient exercise to the muscles. Is it correct? Can you tell me a little more about it and where I can learn it in Bangalore?

13 January, 2011 | Sangeetha Narayana Swamy | Reply

Sangeetha Narayana Swamy Hello Mr.Shastri,

It is true that Tai chi increases the mobility and flexibility in seniors. Acccording to a couple of studies involving older populations and conducted by the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Oregon Reserve Institute, have found that Tai Chi reduces pain levels in elders with arthritis and also increases mobility and physical functioning in seniors who were otherwise sedentary.

Please call the "Talking Yellow Pages" at 080-23333333, they will be able to give you the address of the centers that teach Tai Chi, area wise in Bangalore.

Thank you for your query.

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