Most of us value health and fitness, so a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may surprise you: About 27 percent of adults age 65 and older don’t exercise. The study (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 15, 2016) revealed that the numbers are even worse … Read More
Mobility & Fitness
Mobility and fitness begin to decline with age, leading to loss of strength and stability. Researchers now believe any kind of exercise is beneficial, even in later years.
What is physical fitness? It’s defined as a state of health necessary to exercise and complete daily activities without getting overly fatigued. Good fitness requires strong muscles, flexibility, and endurance.
To stay fit, you need to improve your aerobic fitness and strength. Having strong core muscles—the muscles of the abdomen, back, and pelvis—help you stay upright and make it easier for you to be physically active. Core exercises for seniors strengthen these muscles without causing excess stress. Programs such as Pilates, tai chi, and stability ball training work core muscles in a safe, effective way. Specific abdominal exercises such as crunches and planks create a flatter, more toned stomach.
Pilates is a workout program that specifically targets core muscles. Exercises can be done using special equipment, or with the body’s own weight as resistance. Pilates strengthens the abdominal muscles and improves overall strength and flexibility. It also incorporates breathing techniques. Signature Pilates exercises include “The Hundred,” which involves lying on the back, lifting the legs, and pressing down with straight arms for a count of 100.
Diet is another important component to accompany mobility and fitness. To perform at your best physically, you need to eat a balanced diet, complete with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. People seeking to lose weight may try one or more different diet plans, from Weight Watchers to vegetarian.
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Exercise confers many health advantages. It can help counteract blood vessel diseases that play a role in our cardiovascular health, preserve cognitive function as we age, and help protect us from cancer.
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Everything begins with the core. Core muscles stabilize segments of the body, act as a shock absorber for the whole body, maintain functional (working) posture, and allow for motions such as flexion and rotation. Improving your core through regular resistance exercises, experts pledge, can improve overall mobility.
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