Dr. Andrew Arnold states, one in 10 Australians over the age of 50, exercise enough to gain any cardiovascular benefit.
Men and women over 65, require a fitness level of weight bearing and aerobic exercise 2 – 3 times per week, to help them recover from illness and reduce their high risk of disease such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, improve sleep and digestion. It is never too late to get fit. Our bodies respond to exercise, no matter what age, as there are so many benefits.
Benefits of regular exercise for older people include:
At Cranbourne Family Chiropractic & Wellness Centre we believe everyone needs to exercise.
Key Benefits include:
• Muscle – the amount and size of muscle fibres decreases with age of 3kg of lean muscle every 10 years from middle age. Muscle mass can increase in the older person after regularly exercising for 2 – 3 times per week.
• Bone – bone density begins to decline after the age of 40, but unfortunately this loss accelerates around the age of 50 years. As a result of this bone loss, older people are more prone to bone fractures. Exercising 2 – 3 times per week may help to reduce the risk of bone loss and osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercise helps to keep bones healthy and strong.
• Heart and lungs – moderate exercise 2 – 3 times per week at 70 per cent of your heart rate is ideal. Regardless of age and depending on any injuries, people are able to improve their cardiorespiratory fitness through regular exercise.
• Joints – the joints of the body require regular movement to remain supple and healthy. People with arthritis can benefit from aerobic and strengthening exercise programs and it loosens up the joints.
• Body fat levels – unfortunately, this is a very common problem. Carrying too much body fat is associated with a range of diseases including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Regular aerobic exercise burns kilojoules. Regular weight resistance training not only increases muscle mass and speeds the metabolism but helps an older person maintain an appropriate weight for their height and build.
About the Author:
Karen is a past Remedial Massage Therapist. Karen is also a fully trained Personal Trainer.