Growing old can be a trying time for everyone. But decisions we make as we age can be critical to the quality of life we live as we get older. In this article, I want to discuss the importance of exercise in the aging process.
As we age, the body does take a little longer to repair itself, but the benefits of exercising regularly far outweigh the risk. Many medical conditions are improved with exercise, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity and even Alzheimer’s and dementia.
In my 40 years of working out and being a part of training, there are three areas that I believe to be critical in any training program. They include aerobic activity, strength and resistance training, and stretching and flexibility exercises.
Aerobic activities generally recommend 30 minutes of cardiorespiratory endurance exercise, such as walking, cycling and swimming. While I am not a big enthusiast on jogging due to the stress it puts on our joints, elevating the heart rate several times where normal talking becomes difficult can be most beneficial.
Strength and resistance training, in my personal opinion, can be crucial in the aging process. Strength training helps prevent loss of bone mass and improves balance, both things that will help seniors avoid falls and broken bones.
Stretching is also vital as we get older. Maintaining our flexibility will assist in keeping us mobile and can be instrumental in all daily activities that can enhance our quality of life.
An exercise program should also focus on developing a strong core. Core muscles provide the foundation for all movement and strength. Core strength can help reduce muscle pain and strains to our lower back that can occur at any age.
Exercise should be a commitment for all ages, sizes and sexes. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to lose weight, have more energy, or even hit a golf ball farther. Your commitment will lead to a happier and more fulfilling life.
For questions regarding our seniors’ program, and programs for any age at Wilson Park Athletics and Training Center, please call me, Coach Dave at 336.407.3143 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.