We can’t stop the clock and avoid getting older, but we can help to ensure our bodies are in the best condition possible. Leading a healthy and active lifestyle as we age can help strengthen muscles and bones, as well as reduce symptoms from arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and even depression.
Improve Muscle Mass
As the human body ages, our muscle mass decreases. In fact, between ages of 30 and 80, our bodies can lose up to 15% of lean muscle mass. Maintaining muscle mass helps to maintain a healthy body weight, helps to burn calories, strengthen bones, and can help with balance and coordination.
Improve Bone Density
Our bone density also decreases as we age, which can lead to osteoarthritis, a condition that causes bones to become weak and fragile. People suffering from osteoarthritis are often more prone to bone fractures.
Improve Your Balance
Decreased balance in older age can lead to a higher risk of falls. According to the National Institute of Health, it’s estimated that over 1/3 of those over 65 years of age fall each year. Falls can result in injuries liked fractured bones. Resistance training and stretching are great for increasing muscle, strength, flexibility and balance.
The good news is that you’re never too old to start exercising. Introducing even a small amount of strength training, coupled with some form of endurance exercise can increase overall strength, balance and help to increase bone density. Walking, cycling and swimming are great forms of endurance exercise, and it doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial. A 30-minute walk around your neighbour can do wonders for not only your fitness and physical health, but your mental wellbeing too. Endurance exercises are good for your heart and lungs, and can help to prevent age related diseases like heart disease and diabetes.
Quality of life can be significantly improved by exercising regularly. At Newtown Medical Centre we have a dedicated exercise physiologist who creates specialised exercise programs tailored to our patient’s needs. Our exercise programs include a weekly supervised session in our onsite gym, as well as an at-home exercise plan. If you would like to increase your fitness and overall health, phone our medical centre to learn more about our Allied Health exercise programs.
Call Newtown Medical Centre today (03) 5221 5044