Benefits of exercise in older populations

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It does not matter if you have always been active your whole life or if you have lived a more sedentary lifestyle and are looking to get more active, everyone can benefit from being physically active.
We cannot stop time from aging us, but we can help ourselves live long and happier lives with the help of exercise.  Many problems such as osteoporosis, balance issues, cardiovascular problems, respiratory issues, diabetes, and osteoarthritis can be reduced through exercise.
Osteoporosis and Balance
As we age our bodies’ bone mineral density decreases and the risk of fracture becomes more likely with falls.  Hip fractures in particular can be life threatening.  This is why it is so important to make sure we are working on strengthening our bodies and improving our balance to decrease the likelihood of injury.  One third of people over the age of 65 fall at least once a year and 90% of hip fractures are the result of falls. This is important to know because 20% of these falls end up being fatal.
Cardiovascular and Respiratory
Older adults with coronary heart disease who implement a more active lifestyle can help decrease morbidity, mortality, lower blood pressure, and improve cholesterol levels.  Moderate physical activity can help reduce the chance of stroke by up to 15%.
Physical exercises can help the body improve its blood glucose control in those with diabetes.  This can help reduce the need for medications.  Getting adequate amounts of exercise is also a great way to help decrease the likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes, as well as eating a healthy diet.
Make sure to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program to ensure your safety.  If you are looking to start living a more active life, let Pollard Chiropractic help you along the way.  We can help you with suggestions when it comes to types of exercise, various activities, diet, and help with musculoskeletal issues. Call now to schedule your appointment.