Aging is something we can’t stop, but we can improve ourselves with the right activities and exercises to age well. Everyone wants to feel physically fit for their age, but that doesn’t just happen by chance. You need to put in the work and make conscious decisions about your health in order to age well.
Physical therapists are movement experts who can assist you in enhancing the quality of your life through prescribed exercises, patient education, and hands-on care.
There are a number of different ways to stay physically fit as you age. Here are seven physical therapist tips to ensure you stay physically fit long into your golden years:
1- Continuous Strength Training:
Although it’s easier to gain strength and muscle size when you’re young, it’s a myth that physical fitness only seeks to help you age well when you reach a certain age. Research shows that improvements in strength and physical function are possible in your 60s, 70s, and even 80s and older with an appropriate exercise program. Walking helps to get the blood circulating but also strives for some strength training in your weekly activity routine.
2- Regular Checkups, Screenings, and Monitoring :
You’re going to have more frequent visits to the doctor for checkups and screenings as you grow older. The single biggest factor in the success of treating cancer is early detection. Even for non-cancerous conditions, the earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the outcomes tend to be. Go to all your appointments, get all the recommended screenings, and monitor and manage any conditions like hypertension or diabetes that you’ve been diagnosed with.
3-Daily exercise :
Exercise has so many health benefits for your whole body. Studies have shown that exercise can help increase bone mass, improve heart and brain health, and help ward off conditions like diabetes or obesity. Ensure you get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day, and your whole body will thank you for it. People who are physically active even later in life are less likely to develop memory problems or Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that affects more than 40% of people over the age of 85.
4-Exercise Your Bones:
Osteoporosis or weak bones affects people over the age of 54. Certain exercises that keep you on your feet, like walking, jogging, or dancing, and exercises using resistance, such as weightlifting, can improve bone strength or reduce bone loss.
5- Prevents Falls:
Every 10 seconds, an older person is treated in an emergency room for a fall, per the NCOA. Falls are devastating physically, emotionally, and financially, but they don’t have to be inevitable. A Physiotherapist assists people in building strength and improving balance, both of which help to stave off falls. Group-based exercises led by a physical therapist can improve movement and balance and reduce your risk of falls. It can also reduce your risk of hip fractures (95 percent of which are caused by falls).
6-Rest isn’t always your best option. Either is surgery :
Everyday aches and pains get more common as we get older, but how we respond to these injuries helps shape our fitness days, weeks, and years down the road. Simply resting and hoping the injury heals itself is rarely the best answer. Again, strength training, stretching, exercise, physical therapy, and other active treatments often help spur healing and prevent a recurrence. On the opposite side of the spectrum, don’t jump into surgery by giving your all to conservative options, because surgery is a major trauma on your body that can cause future discomfort even when things go as planned.
7-Chronic Pain doesn’t have to be Your Boss:
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in 2016, an estimated 20.4% (50 million) of US adults experienced chronic pain, contributing to indirect medical costs, lost work time, and wages.
Physical therapists can assist with proper exercise, mobility, and pain management techniques that can ease the pain while moving and at rest, improving your overall quality of life.
Conclusively, You shouldn’t assume or hope that pain will just go away, and don’t just learn to cope with hip pain or shoulder discomfort. Effective treatments from a physical therapist or another medical professional can either reduce your discomfort or eliminate it altogether. Again, the sooner you seek treatment, the higher the likelihood of success. Treat problems head-on before they snowball, and you’ll have a better chance of aging well and remaining physically fit for years to come.
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