Sinclair Cares: Staying healthy without the pain
We’ve all heard the saying “No Pain, No Gain” and as we get older, hitting the gym might sound like something that’s going to hurt with joint-pounding exercise.
As part of September’s “Healthy Aging Month,” Sinclair Cares has simple ways to stay healthy without the pain.
When Peggy Kirmeyer wanted to get more exercise, she was after something low impact.
“I’m getting close to 70 and the body is not quite what it was 35 years ago,” said Peggy Kirmeyer.
She and her friends started regular yoga lessons.
“We started doing yoga because we felt, I felt, I needed some strength and balance,” said Kirmeyer,
Tai Chi is also proven to help strength and balance – and that’s important to prevent falls.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 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,” said Dr. Elizabeth Phelan. “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,” said Dr. Phelan. “Exercise is critical for helping control those conditions.”
Walking might be one of the easiest ways to get that exercise, but there are plenty of other options.
“It’s good for the memory. So keep you fit on your mind as well as your physical,” said Jim Chow. “Coordination. I highly recommend dancing for everybody.”
Experts say, simply find a form of exercise you like – so you’ll stick with it.
A stronger heart, healthier lungs, weight control and better emotional health – could be the bonuses of doing something you enjoy.
The National Institute on Aging has a program called “Go 4 Life” that breaks down the four areas of exercise most important as you get older.