Ageing is the process of becoming older. It represents the accumulation of changes in a person over a time.
According to WHO, it will take India less than 25 years for the population aged 65 or older to double from 7% to 14%.
The loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is caused by reduced physical activity.
Inactivity increases with age. By age 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.
Why is Physical activity such a big deal?
- Helps to improve and keep your strength so you can stay independent
- Have more energy to do the things you want to do
- Improve your balance
- Prevent or delay some diseases like heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis
- Pep up your mood and reduce depression
Being active and exercising regularly can change your life. See how Mrs. Nutan has benefited from regular exercise
“At age 68, I am in the best physical condition of my life. Three months ago I joined ReLiva Physiotherapy and Rehab for strengthening, balance and flexibility exercises. The entire routine is done, planned and managed by Physiotherapist. My balance has improved greatly and my osteoporosis has remained stable.”
How can older adults be benefited through exercise and physical activity at ReLiva
- Helps maintain the ability to live independently and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.
- Reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon cancer, and diabetes.
- Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.
- Helps people with chronic, disabling conditions improve their stamina and muscle strength.
- Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of well-being.
- Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.
- Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis.
Like most people, you’ve probably heard the physical activity; including exercise is good for you. If you’re already active, keep it up. It may even be time to push yourself a little harder, try a new activity or find new ways to add exercise to your daily life.
Don’t worry if you’ve never exercised of if you stopped exercising for some reason. Let us help you get moving.
If you have recently started exercising after a long gap, what got you started ? Was it some incident or a friend helped you? Do write below and share your experience with us.
In case you still finding an excuse to not start, read below to discover what tricked others to get started.
Contributed by Dr Manali Jain (PT), BPTh, MPTh