Why Strength, Flexibility And Balance Are Essential As You Age?

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Why Strength, Flexibility And Balance Are Essential As You Age?

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As we age, muscle loss, balance issues, joint stiffness, and pain often become companions. While these might be natural byproducts of aging, they shouldn't dictate the quality of our lives.

Many age-related challenges can be mitigated with a dedicated workout regimen designed to enhance mobility, strength, and flexibility.

Proper training can significantly elevate your life quality, even if it's been some time since your last workout.

Where to begin?

Integrate brief sessions of stretching and strength training into your daily regimen. Age-related issues can not only be kept at bay but also delayed with low-impact activities.

Engaging in gentle stretches and exercises that bolster flexibility and core strength can make a significant difference. Here's how:

Daily Activity

  • A daily brisk walk of 1,000 steps is a simple yet effective routine to embrace.

  • Engage in golf or even gardening — both are enjoyable forms of aerobic exercise.

  • For added strength training, consider carrying a backpack with light weights during your walks.

  • Enroll in yoga classes for relaxation and enhanced flexibility without straining yourself.

  • While waiting in a checkout line or watching TV, practice standing on one foot to incorporate balance training.

Easy Exercises

  • While seated with a straight back, raise your arms overhead, interlocking your fingers. Gently bend to your right, holding for 5 breaths, return to center, then bend to your left and hold for another 5 breaths. Repeat this cycle 5 times.
  • Standing with feet shoulder-width apart, place your palms on a wall. Step your left foot back, keeping it straight, and slightly bend your right knee, leaning forward. Feel the stretch in your left calf. Return to the starting position and repeat with the right foot. Do this 5 times for each leg.
  • On hands and knees, with straight elbows, alternate between the cow and cat poses. Exhale during the cow pose and inhale, engaging your core, during the cat pose. Cycle through these poses 5 times.

A word of caution

Recognize that a one-size-fits-all workout regimen isn't feasible, as individual strengths, mobility, and flexibility vary. Before embarking on a new exercise routine, especially after a hiatus, always consult your physician.

For example, an 85-year-old or someone with osteoporosis might benefit from functional training focusing on balance and strength, reducing the risk of falls.

Health conditions dictate the exercise emphasis: someone with arthritis should prioritize flexibility, while a person with a knee replacement might focus on strength training.

Medical Disclaimer: The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. Patients and consumers should review the information carefully with their professional health care provider. The information is not intended to replace medical advice offered by physicians. You should consult your physician before beginning a new diet, nutritional or fitness program. The publisher or its management do not claim responsibility of this information.