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Many people believe that they’re no longer capable of exercising or participating in sports activities as they grow older. They tell themselves that exercising is pointless, that they are unable due to a disability, that it’s too late to start exercising, that they should save their energy or that they are simply too old to exercise.
The truth is, exercising and participating in sports activities are still beneficial for seniors, and are actually recommended by physicians. A regular exercise program:
- Aids in healthy weight management
- Improves sleep patterns or sleep disorders
- Improves flexibility, mobility and balance
- Reduces the risk of developing illnesses and chronic diseases
- Helps to ease chronic pain conditions
- Improves blood flow and circulation
- Boosts mood and self-confidence
- Stimulates the brain
If you’ve decided to incorporate more exercise into your life, it is important to make sure you are taking the right safety precautions to avoid injury. Some things to keep in mind:
Drink plenty of water
Consuming a steady amount of water throughout the day and during physical activity is crucial to your body performing at its best. By drinking plenty of water, at least 64 ounces a day, your body will rehydrate itself as you sweat. In addition, keeping hydrated will also help fight fatigue and build endurance.
Choose low-impact sports
Over time, our joints can become stiff with normal wear and tear as we age. Choosing low-impact sports and exercises will put the least amount of pressure on your joints and muscles to help avoid injury. Low-impact sports like water aerobics, swimming, yoga, tai chi, chair aerobics (for those with low mobility) and walking are all great options to get up and moving safely.
Receive medical clearance
It is important that you speak with your physician about any health concerns or limitations you may have prior to beginning a fitness or sports regimen. Once you have begun your program, be gentle with yourself at first, and pay attention to any new aches and pains. If a movement or activity causes intense pain or respiratory distress, contact your physician as soon as possible.
Regular exercise is important to preventing any injury. As your body grows stronger and becomes more adapted to physical activity, you will significantly decrease your risk of falls or accidents. By committing to a regular exercise schedule, your body will continually build muscle and endurance, all while improving balance as well.
If you are just beginning to incorporate exercise or sports activities into your normal routine, make sure to start off slow. Focus on accomplishing short-term goals first and work your way up to more advanced activities over time, allowing your body to adjust to your new lifestyle. If you suffer from a disability that makes mobility difficult, you can adjust your fitness regimen to chair aerobics and hand weights.
If you are interested in speaking with an orthopedic specialist about an injury or musculoskeletal condition that prevents you from starting an exercise program, give the team at Western Pennsylvania Orthopedic & Sports Medicine a call at (814) 792-6188 today.
Providing expert, compassionate, convenient care for optimal outcomes
- Expert care. Our board certified, fellowship trained orthopedic specialists have been providing superior care in Western Pennsylvania since 1982. Our team’s diverse expertise means we stand ready to provide proven, effective solutions for all musculoskeletal conditions.
- Compassionate care. Our caring physicians work together with our friendly staff to get you back to healthy, active, everyday living. We take the time to get to know you, learn about your needs and goals, explain every step of your treatment, answer any questions you may have, and work with insurance companies on your behalf. We want to take the worry and hassle out of getting you back to optimal health.
- Convenient care. We’re here for you when you need us. We have four convenient locations, and we have relationships with the area’s hospitals should surgery be necessary. We specialize in advanced, minimally invasive procedures to speed recovery.
- Optimal outcomes. We use the latest advancements, with proven results, to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate all injuries and conditions whether caused by accident, sports injury, overuse or aging. We will identify the source(s) of the problem(s), develop a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs and goals, and then correct the issue as quickly as possible.
Our professional, friendly orthopedic team has helped tens of thousands of patients. Let us help you, too. Give us a call today at (814) 792-6188 or request an appointment online now.