Myth Busters : Exercise & Older Adults

In this month’s edition of “Myth Busters”, we are going to dig into why an active lifestyle is more important than ever as we age. Regular exercise has been proven to boost energy, maintain independence & manage symptoms of illness or pain—sometimes even reversing some symptoms of aging. It’s not only good for your body; it’s good for your mind, mood & memory.

As an in-home senior care agency, we get a lot of questions and concerns regarding exercise from our client’s and their families. They feel like they are too old or too frail; they might get hurt; they don’t know where or how to start.

Below are the five myths about seniors and exercise:

Myth 1: “There’s no point in exercising. I’m going to get old anyway.”

Fact: Regular exercise & strength training not only helps you to look & feel longer, it also helps you to be able to stay active longer! It’s been proven that risks for a variety of conditions, including Alzheimer’s & dementia, heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, high blood pressure & obesity can be lowered with a regular physical activity routine.

Myth 2: “Elderly people shouldn’t exercise. They should save their strength & rest.”

Fact: New Frontier’s number one moto is, “If you don’t use it, you lose it!”. Research has proven that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy for the elderly. Inactivity often causes seniors to lose their ability to do things on their own, diminishing their independence & can lead to more hospitalizations, doctor visits & use of medications.

Myth 3: “Exercise puts me at risk of falling down.”

Fact: Regular exercise helps to build strength & stamina which in turn prevents loss of bone mass, improves balance & actually reduces your risk of falling.

Myth 4: “It’s too late. I’m already too old to start exercising.”

Fact: You are never to old to start. Remember, any physical activity is something! Start with a light walk down the street & stretching activities.

Myth 5: “I’m disabled. I can’t exercise sitting down.”

Fact: Chair-bound people definitely face special challenges, but that doesn’t mean they cannot do anything. Lifting weights, stretching & chair aerobics all help to increase range of motion, improve muscle tone & promote cardiovascular health.

If you or a loved one have questions or concerns about getting started with an exercise routine, contact New Frontier Home Care. We would be happy to point you in the right direction to get moving! Also, if you or someone you know are in need of elder care services in the Greater Houston area, please call the staff at New Frontier Home Care. We are available to answer your senior care questions! You can also fill out our “Contact Us” form on our website.

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