Many people allow getting older prevent them from staying active. With reduced mobility, muscle and bone mass, our body becomes more reluctant to exercise regularly.

According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are active.

It is never too late to start physical activity. Even if seniors have existing medical conditions, lack of exercise can make those worse. A study of frail, wheel-chair bound seniors in their 80s and 90s were shown to have improved strength and overall functional ability after participating in a weight lifting program.

No matter your particular situation or health issues, there is an exercise program fit to strengthen your bones, joints and muscles without aggravating an existing condition.

  • Back Pain, while physically limiting, doesn’t have to stop you from exercising. Strengthening muscles in your stomach, hips, and thighs can help relieve chronic back pain and prevent it from getting worse. Try: running, walking, biking, swimming, or weight lifting.
  • Osteoarthritis can cause pain due to deteriorating cartilage and bone in your joints. Strengthening joints and surrounding muscles can help relieve joint stiffness and instability. Try: short, but frequent exercise sessions at first. Swimming or walking in a pool might be a good place to begin.
  • Osteoporosis is one of the leading causes of bone fractures in older people. Regular exercise can help stimulate bone growth, make your bones healthier as well as help you maintain good balance. Try: weight bearing exercises, such as walking, jogging or weight lifting.
  • Total Joint Replacements require specific physical therapy and a graduated walking program if the replaced joint was a knee or hip. Try: daily activities like walking, biking, swimming, or golf once you are full recovered, in order to maintain joint strength and mobility.

Remember to talk to your physician about what exercise regimen works best for you. Feel free to contact us at the Bone & Joint Center for an appointment today.

Reference: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00103

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