Why with exercise being over 60 does not mean over the hill

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According to recent a medical research study at King’s College, London carried out to determine if there is a relationship between age and physiological function, we would be advised that appropriate regular exercise taken as we grow older is beneficial to us both in body and in mind.It has been found that a certain level of decline in physical and mental powers is not a given as we age.In this study, a group of people,men and women, aged 55 to 79, who were amateur cyclists and kept fit submitted to a range of tests for health and well being.The findings pointed to the difficulty in identifying the age of individual participants from the results of their respective test results. This seems to confirm that age to some extent really is just a number, and that physical activity levels should be taken into account in ageing studies.

Exercise has been shown to be a key factor to keeping the body and mind in good working order . No longer should we believe that at a particular age we should expect a certain predetermined measure of decline in our wellbeing. There is something we maybe able to do to help ourselves at whatever age we are. At any given age we should not necessarily feel that we cannot do certain things having reached that chronological milestone.

Happy senior couple hiking in the park (dollarphotoclub)
Happy senior couple hiking in the park (dollarphotoclub)

But before we all rush off to find physical and mental rejuvenation,care must be taken so that we do not overreach our capabilities.It’s best to begin any exercise program slowly and with a green light from your doctor. You shouldn’t exercise at any time to the point you’re experiencing pain, but ease into a routine and gradually build up your endurance.

For those over the age of 65, many health experts recommend 150 minutes of exercise a week. As mentioned above,there is no absolute age to suggest a fixed level of activity more or less. It is always important to determine level of fitness and extent of physical capabilities.A doctor can help with this.

Gentle exercise can be beneficial and at the low level of every day walking; and swimming exercise is an excellent supplement. Maintaining strength,flexibility and endurance will enhance the body’s ability to fight-off disease and disability.In taking the correct level of activity it is important that the regular exercise habit is built into a plan that is enjoyable and not a painful burden.

The message seems to be if you reach a certain age don’t reach for the traditional pipe and slippers, you can do better than that!Keeping active even if you have physical limitations will check the otherwise inevitable cycle of reducing physical movement to avoid pain, only to make those limitations even worse.

Whether you’re beginning a new exercise plan or revving up one, you’ll likely experience some aching joints and muscle soreness. There are ways to alleviate the suffering which often comes with exercise. One is to ease into an exercise program – especially if you’ve been a couch potato for awhile.

When you experience pain, you may want to simply lie down in bed, but that’s just the opposite of the remedy you should be using – exercise. When you move your joints, they’re getting nutrition to strengthen the muscles and help them support your joints.

Tip: Experiencing pain during or after exercise means you’ve injured or stressed your muscle in some way. If you do experience sore muscles and/or joint pain after exercising, it is best to use “indirect ice,” which is an ice pack wrapped within a towel before applying to the affected part for no longer than 20 minutes.

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