Older Adult Services
Healthy Lifestyle a Key Role in Senior Health
Aging is inevitable, but requires attention to changes in the mind and body. National Senior Health and Fitness Day, May 29, highlights the need for seniors to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Research has shown that aging causes the deterioration of several systems in our body, including tissue and organ systems, says Marty Robinson, DPT, manager, Wellness Center of Cape Coral. Two good examples are the decline of aerobic capacity and muscle performance. Also, during this time of life, people tend to gradually accumulate more body fat and lose muscle.
Those changes can lead to an increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases, including type 2 diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.
Fortunately, research has shown that regular exercise can often minimize, or even reverse, these negative changes and reduce the risk of chronic disease and illness, Marty says. Strength training can reverse muscle loss and aerobic exercise can improve aerobic capacity and decrease cardiovascular disease risk. Weight-bearing and resistive exercise may also improve bone density and decrease the risk of developing osteoporosis.
The Lee Memorial Health System Wellness Centers are ideal places for seniors to meet other seniors and train with degreed exercise specialists.
Whether you are 9 or 90, there is never a better time to get healthy, Marty says. This includes regular exercise, a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting adequate sleep and managing stress. Many of us invest to provide a return on our financial investments with a goal of reaping the benefits of that return. Think of choosing a healthy lifestyle as investing in one s self.
- Increased energy and endurance
- Decreased stress
- Decreased risk for chronic disease and illness
- Improved functional ability
No matter one s age, we can all reap the benefits of living healthily, Marty says. There is no better time to start than right now.
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