Why regular exercise is good for older generation

Monday, June 27th, 2022 06:17 | By

Greek philosopher Plato said, “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” 

With the rise in number of the older population, the importance of maintaining good health and functional independence is critical, considering the prevalence of premature disability and the escalating cost of assisted living.  

It is advisable to make your body active by engaging yourself in physical activities. 

This will increase your breathing and heart rate hence improves the health of your heart, lungs, and circulatory system and build your energy. 

Exercise may not only be going to the field playing football and running but doing it as simple as walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, biking, climbing stairs mowing and gardening. 

Always remember to warm up before you exercise. Walking slowly and then stretching are good warm-up activities. You should also cool down with more stretching when you finish exercising. 

Benefits of regular exercise

-Exercise helps in improving your body strength, this helps you stay independent. 

-It improves your balance and this prevents falls. 

-It gives you more energy. 

-It prevents or delays diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis. 

-It can improve your mood and fight off depression. 

-It may improve cognitive function (how your brain works). 

 It is safe for most adults of older population to exercise. 

Even most patients who have chronic illnesses including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and arthritis and mobility challenges. 

Many of these conditions are improved with exercise. 

Before starting any exercise regimen, it’s important to talk to your doctor to learn which options are right for your health and activity level. 

The writer is a sports physiotherapist. [email protected]

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