Physiotherapist Sarah Schofield explains the importance exercising as we age, and how Actively Ageing classes can help.
Actively Ageing is an exercise class offered at Marina Crichton Physiotherapy for those over 60 years of age. The exercises are done using a chair and aim to work on your overall strength and balance. The group attending at the moment are amazing, always aiming to improve the way they move. Most show up a few minutes early for the classes to catch each other up on their week.
As you age your muscle mass declines. Larger muscles shorten, making them harder to contract and your joints tend to degenerate along with your balance. Exercise is a way to slow down these changes, keeping you feeling healthier for longer. It is never too late to start exercising.
Benefits of exercise include:
- Improving muscle and bone strength
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving balance and coordination
- Boosting your immune system
- Improving cognition and mental health
- Reducing surgical risks
Strengthening your legs provides you with a more stable base of support, may increase your energy levels and raise your pain threshold. Stretches improve the length of your muscles, putting them in a better position to work for you. Practicing balance exercises in a safe environment can improve your reaction time and awareness. All this helps to improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling.
An easy way to start increasing your activity levels is to walk a little further while doing the grocery shopping. If you are wanting to exercise more contact your GP or physio to ensure you are doing the right exercises for your needs.
– Sarah, Physiotherapist
Originally published on 23 June, 2017
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