Age-Related Fitness: 3 Myths Debunked

older couple walking as an easy age-related fitness exercise
Don’t let myths about aging keep you from moving and staying healthy.

As many people age, they tend to be more sedentary. This may be due to chronic health conditions, physical limitations or other effects of aging.

But staying physically active, no matter your age and fitness levels, is a great way to improve your sleep, boost your mood and keep your brain active.

You may need to modify what you do compared to how you exercised in the past, but most doctors would agree that physical activity of any kind is better than no activity at all.

Age-Related Fitness Myths

If these age-related fitness myths have been keeping you on the couch, it may be time to change your thinking – and your attitude toward fitness. If you’ve been thinking exercise isn’t right for you due to physical or health limitations, think again!

Myth: Now that I have some medical issues, exercise isn’t safe for me.

Fact: Regular exercise helps manage many chronic health conditions, and most providers recommend it even after injury or illness. Of course, you should always check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.

Healthcare As You Age

As you age, your ability to balance, fight infection and maintain memory requires special attention. Our team’s patient-centered approach can help you make decisions about your age-related healthcare needs.

Myth: My joints hurt, so exercise will just make it worse.

Fact: In many cases, joint pain improves when you’re more active. By strengthening muscles around the joints and increasing your flexibility, you may find you have less pain.

Water exercises and other non-weight-bearing exercises, like bicycling or the elliptical machine, are often recommended for people with joint issues. Check with your doctor first to get the go-ahead before exercising. You may to work with a physical therapist at first to learn the correct way to do exercises to minimize pain and prevent further joint damage.

Myth: I have never been active, so it’s too late to start now.

Fact: It’s never too late to reap the health benefits of exercise and age-related fitness. Aerobic exercise helps strengthen the heart and lungs and improves endurance and energy levels. It also helps control weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Strength training helps improve bone health and keep your muscles and joints stronger.

Any physical activity you can do is good for your physical and mental health.

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