Sinclair Cares: Exercising at any age
You have heard the saying, “No pain, no gain.”
As people get older, hitting the gym might sound like something that’s going to hurt with joint pounding exercise.
But there are some simple ways to stay healthy without the pain.
Peggy Kirmeyer wanted to get more exercise and she was after something low impact.
“I’m getting close to 70 and the body is not quite what it was 35 years ago,” she said.
Kirmeyer and her friends began with regular yoga lessons.
“We started doing yoga because we felt, I felt, I needed some strength and balance,” she said.
Tai Chi is also proven to help strength and balance, which is important to prevent falls.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that millions of people fall each year, causing serious injuries or even death.
Exercise is key.
“Even in late life, people can benefit greatly from actually starting,” Kirmeyer said. “It’s never too late to start a balance program, for example.”
In addition to strength and balance, the National Institute on Aging recommends people focus on flexibility and endurance.
Regular exercise could get people off their medications.
“For people who are experiencing chronic conditions like high blood pressure for example, diabetes, excercise is critical for helping control those conditions,” Phelan said.
Walking might be one of the easiest ways to get that exercise, but there are plenty of other options, including tennis and dancing.
“It just feels good to get your body moving.”