Why Exercise Is Important as We Grow Older
Taking part in regular physical activity is important for all ages to help maintain our mobility, strength and also it makes us feel good. Older adults may experience changes to their body with age which include:
• Decline in muscle mass
• Reduction in bone strength
• Increased risk of certain conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
How can exercise help?
Regular exercise has been shown to help with1:
• Maintaining muscle mass
• Bone strength, which begins to decline from 40 years of age. Weight-bearing exercise (such as walking) slows this decline, keeping bones healthy and strong.
• Improving heart and lung health
• Supple joints
• Maintaining a healthy weight, which is a risk factor for some medical conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Being fit and active is particularly important for people aged over 65 years, to help maintain independence, faster recovery from illness and reduce their risk of disease1.
Am I too old to exercise?
Maintaining physical activity on most days (if not all days) is important for every stage of life, but particularly as we grow old as this will help:
• Reduce risk of falls2
• Maintain mobility and independence1
And the good news is, it is never too late to start!
I am new to exercise, where do I begin?
The team at SUSTAGEN and Exercise Coach LaBriece have together developed a series of exercise videos, which you can follow in the comfort of your own home. A great place to start your new regimen will be following our “Easy exercise videos”
Remember to speak to your healthcare professional before starting a new exercise routine.
Is there anything else I can do to help maintain my mobility and strength?
Yes! Take a look at your diet – are you eating enough protein?
Protein is an essential nutrient that our body needs a constant supply of throughout the day. It is necessary for the building and repair of muscle tissue and supporting physical activity. Check if you are eating enough protein by using our protein calculator.
1. Physical Activity For Seniors. Better Health Channel (2014). Retrieved on 15/6/20 from https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/physical-activity-for-seniors
2. Landhammer, B. et al (2018) The Importance of Physical Activity Exercise Amount Older People. Biomed Red Int. Retrieved on 15/6/20 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6304477/