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5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults

Posted on: November 14, 2011

5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults

Myth 1: There’s no point to exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.

Fact: Exercise and strength training helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Myth 2: Elderly people shouldn’t exercise. They should save their strength and rest.

Fact: Research shows that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly. Period. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose the ability to do things on their own and can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits, and use of medicines for illnesses.

Myth 3: Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.

Fact: Regular exercise, by building strength and stamina, prevents loss of bone mass and improves balance, actually reducing your risk of falling.

Myth 4: It’s too late. I’m already too old, to start exercising

Fact: You’re never too old to exercise! If you’ve never exercised before, or it’s been a while, start with light walking and other gentle activities.

Myth 5: I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.

Fact: Chair-bound people face special challenges but can lift light weights, stretch, and do chair aerobics to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone, and promote cardiovascular health.

3 Responses to "5 Myths about Exercise and Older Adults"

Excellent article! Exercise is one of the most healthy things that we can do. Yes, it may hurt but in the long run it makes us feel good, look better and improves our mental attitude. Thank you for posting.

I agree on this blog! There is no reason for you not to exercise because the more we are getting old the more we need to exercise.

OMG, I can’t believe anyone would actually say those things. Please tell me you made it up. After years of researching aging, exercise, movement and activity are the closest we’ll get to the fountain of youth. We’ll spread the word together.
Cathy Severson
Retirement Transition Coach
http://www.RetireWOW.com

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