Facts and Myths about Exercise

MYTHS ABOUT EXERCISE AND AGING

It does not matter what your age or current physical condition is. Anyone can reap the rewards of exercise. In fact, exercise is even more important for older adults and can help boost their energy level, manage symptoms of illness and live independently for as long as possible.

Fact: Exercise and good health will help you enjoy a prolonged and extended life and help you attain what you want to accomplish even at an older age. A good number of people in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s are out there running marathons, bodybuilding, and indulging in active lifestyles.

Fact: No one is too old to exercise though it may seem too late to expiate a lifetime of no exercise. Studies have shown that people in their 90’s gain muscle strength and overall functional ability when they started exercising. Another research finds exercising late can cut the risk of health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis.

Fact: Inactivity and the sedentary lifestyle will make you tired. You will probably experience some muscle soreness and fatigue in the initial stage of your exercise routine but you should be able to recover in no time. Regular exercise will give you muscle strength; endurance, flexibility, mobility, and balance will get you through your daily living and sustain your independence.

Fact: Whether you have not had any prescribed physical activity in a long time, or you have a medical condition, or you are perfectly okay and completely free of any symptoms of illness, it still advisable to see your doctor for precautionary measures. Whatever results you get from your lab tests and check-up with your doctor, exercise will definitely be included in the prescription. Isn’t it exciting to compare the results of your medical check-up before and after embarking on a regular fitness program?

Fact: A lot of people think that exercise is harmful to their joints. On the contrary, exercise will make your bones and joints stronger, thus, resulting in better joint function. Just make sure to warm-up and cool-down, do stretching and wear a good pair of sneakers.

Fact: Though there are cases of heart attacks during and after exercise, people who avoid exercise are putting themselves more at risk than those who are active. In fact, a study would reveal that people who suffer cardiac arrest during exercise are three times likely to survive. Survival rates for exercisers were 45% compared with 15% of those that were not exercise-related. The benefits of exercise far exceed that small risk.

Fact: Older people are mostly retired from work and will have enough time to squeeze in 20-60 minutes of exercise 2-3 times a week. But this is an unacceptable excuse common in all age groups. People who say they do not have time to exercise just need to prioritize their time better.

Fact: There are a lot of ways to beat boredom while exercising. Listen to your favorite music, read a magazine while jogging in the treadmill, mix up your routine, put in more variations, among others. If you are willing to do what it takes, then you are on your way in achieving your goals, eventually killing the boredom and enjoying the whole process!

Fact: Gyms are for everybody regardless of age and fitness level. It’s just a matter of you finding people of the same age whom you can work out with ease. If that does not work out, your home provides the best comfort you can ask for. It’s hassle-free. No gym membership. No crowd. No waiting in line for equipment. No traffic. No transportation needed. All you need is a good and credible professional personal trainer who has a passion for training older adults like you.

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