Almost every day brings a news report or new study on the benefits of exercise, whether for staying healthy or managing a health condition.
Last week, a column in The New York Times addressed sarcopenia, the loss of muscle in people as they age. One geriatrician is quoted as saying this condition is an important cause of older adults losing independence.
Strength training is an antidote to muscle loss. You don’t have to bench press 300 pounds to build muscle. Light hand weights and resistance bands will work. Be sure you feed those muscles, too, making sure that you have adequate protein in your diet.
Strength training combined with cardio workouts is also recommended to fight osteoporosis, bone loss that tends to occur in women more than men.
You should consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. When you’re ready get active, ElderServe has programs that can help.
Our Senior Center offers arthritis exercise, tai-chi, yoga and line dancing. To learn more, call 502.778.7418.
If you can’t get out of the house, then our Active Choices program might be for you. You’ll be paired with a volunteer who will help you develop a custom workout plan and then provide support and encouragement via phone for six months. For information, call 502.736.3847.
Nobody has discovered the fountain of youth, but exercise can go a long way in helping you stay healthy and active as you age.