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Why We Need To Move More As We Age

As we age, we should start putting our feet up. Avoid excessive exercise, steer clear of weight-bearing movement and simply sit on our comfy couch and enjoy daytime television. 

Leave the movement to the young ones!

WRONG!

Unfortunately there seems to be a major misconception among older Australians that believe we should start slowing down as we age. In fact, this is a complete myth. Yes, we should modify how we exercise, but we should actually include MOVE physical activity to support us as we get older.

Prohealth EPs Top Reasons Why You Should Move More As You Age

Preventing Falls

Balance and strength exercises can help us live independently for longer by preventing falls. Falls are one of the leading reasons why people end up in hospitals and aged care homes in Australia! 

By working on exercises that keep you stable and secure on your feet you are helping reduce the risk of one of the major perils faced by older Australians. Balance exercises can be adapted to mimic your everyday activities and give you the confidence to be more active at home.

Keep our bones healthy and strong

Bones need movement to get stronger! As we age our bones do become more brittle and the body’s ability to create strong bones does slow down – that is why we need to work on this as a matter of urgency.

Weight-bearing exercises help force our bones to adapt and strengthen and also play a key role in reducing and managing bone and joint conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

Helps prevent a range of health conditions

Some of the leading chronic conditions that bring harm to older Australians are those that revolve around the heart and lungs. In good news, by introducing more movement into your life, you can prevent conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, cancer and breathing conditions such as asthma and COPD.

The fact is, exercise can prevent almost all major conditions or at least play a key role in reducing the impact of these diseases.

Maintaining a fully functioning brain

As we grow older certain parts of the brain shrink, especially those important to learning and other complex mental activities. In certain brain regions, communication between neurons (nerve cells) may not be as effective as blood flow in the brain may decrease.

Thanks to these changes, exercise is even more relevant! The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth factors—chemicals in the brain that affect the health of brain cells, the growth of new blood vessels in the brain, and even the abundance and survival of new brain cells.

We hope we have convinced you that no matter what age you are, we all need to move. 

This blog is your sign to get in touch with our friendly team of Accredited Exercise Physiologists who have the university training to create an age-appropriate (and fun) exercise program to keep you active for years to come!

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