Physiotherapist talks about the benefits of sport in old age

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Physical activity prolongs a healthy life

Regular exercise is good for health at any age, but it becomes increasingly important over the years as it helps to improve the quality of life of older people. Lowering blood pressure, strengthening the bone system, and reducing depression are just a few of the benefits that can be expected from being active.

Moderate physical activity can help ease age-related changes and prolong a full life. This is the conclusion shared with Northwestern Medicine by physiotherapist Erin Shavransky.

Over the years, all systems of the human body begin to work differently, sometimes leading to deterioration in health and illness. In the elderly, physical activity helps not only to stay in good shape but also to train the musculoskeletal system, muscles and cardiovascular system. For example, the American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week for a healthy heart.

In addition, regular physical activity will be beneficial for the whole body, namely

lowers blood pressure;

helps improve diabetes symptoms;

improves coordination, reduces the risk of falls;

reduces the risk of coronary artery disease and heart failure;

strengthens the bone system;

improves sleep quality and short-term memory;

alleviates depressive symptoms.

Experts recommend that older people focus on moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, muscle strengthening exercises and balance training.

To achieve the best results, Dr Shafransky recommends following a few rules:

Simple training: exercise should be simple and convenient for you. Choose a gym or community centre that offers special classes for older people, consult a trainer and choose the type of activity that suits you best and you enjoy.

Schedule: set up days and times that you will dedicate to your sport and stick to them - this will build responsibility and increase your performance.

Motivation: Surround yourself with friends and like-minded people who support your views and share your active lifestyle.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about the benefits of exercise in difficult times. Scientists say that regular exercise can reduce anxiety and depression, as well as relieve fatigue in people with cancer.

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